DOSAD Football Academy Enugwu-Ukwu
The inaugural match of the Anambra Independent Football League (AIFL) took place penultimate Friday, 17th March, 2017 at FC Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium with Rangels FC defeating Samba FC 3-2. In his Inaugural Speech, the chairman and initiator of the AIFL, Rev. Fr. Coach Obinna Dike said that the aim of the AIFL were to play purely independent business football, to keep players busy and also create a platform where talented footballers could show what they have. In his remarks, he thanked Chief Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the Anambra Football Association chairman and his team, for allowing them to use the stadium for the Inaugural Match. He expressed gratitude to various sponsors who have helped and supported the AIFL so far in their plans and programmes.
Samba Football Club Amansea
He thanked the team managers, coaches and players of the various selected football clubs for their doggedness and zealousness towards the growth of AIFL programmes and prospects. He thanked the Anambra Football Association for their cooperation and support since the kick off of the AIFL. In a special way, he thanked the Anambra Referees Association for their collaboration that will last till the end of the match season. The Anambra FA was represented by the Vice Chairman, Barr. JBC Obikwelu, who commended the AIFL for their feat in trying to promote grassroots sports in Anambra state. Barr. JBC kicked off the inaugural match which started exactly at 3.00pm. In an interview with Fides, the team manager and the Coach of the winning team, Rangels Football Academy, Coach Dimude Chukwuebuka and Coach Abbey Chidi commended the Rangel players for their performance and identified poor finishing and striking as their challenge in the match. They looked forward for a better performance in subsequent matches.
Rangels Football Academy Achina
Also, the Manager of Samba FC Amansea, Ndubuisi Zedek Ezenwekwe said he saw a good performance in his players. He identified lack of competition fitness as the problem that led to poor recovery among his players. Coach Ezenwekwe said that his players gave too many space and opportunities for their opponent. Fides gathered that Nnamdi Onwuania was one of the goal scorers from Samba FC. When asked how he felt, he said he was very happy and accredited his success to God who gave him the strength to succeed. Also, the Captain of Rangels Football Academy in Achina, Henry Benedict Nnebedum, who also was the first player to score his team's goal at 20 minutes in the first half, said he believed there were rooms for improvements in subsequent matches especially in finishing. He commended his team mates for their cooperation and communication in the field. He said that his team really worked hard for the match and that they deserved the victory. From the fixtures, matches will be played every Friday at various locations across the state.
Graceland Football Club Awgbu on parade at Nnewi