The sponsor of the Akpugoeze Catholic Youths Football Competition, Barr Sir Basil Obiora Aguigwo, KSJI (4th from left), presents the champion trophy to the winner of the 2nd edition of his annual football tournament, Group C. The Team (right), receives the giant trophy with joy. Barr. Aguigwo is flanked on his right by the secretary of Mary League Girls Association of Awka Diocese, Amara Offor; the president of CYON, Awka Diocese, Engr Ebuka Mbazulike and the Director of Sports of CYON, Akpu Deanery.
The 2nd Edition of Barr. Sir Basil Obiora Aguigwo (KSJI) sponsored Football Tournament for Akpugoeze Catholic Youths has ended with Barr. Innocent Eze (Group C) Team lifting the champion trophies in both the male and female categories.
In the keenly contested football competitions held at St Theresa's Catholic Church Field, Akpugoeze, Oji River L.G.A of Enugu State on Sunday, May 7, 2017, Barr. Innocent Eze (Group C) defeated Hon Bonny Uchendu (Group D) counterpart with a 1-0 victory and a 3-0 victory to lift the champion trophies with the accompanying cash prizes of N30, 000.00 each in the female and male teams respectively.
Group D won the trophies for the 2nd position with accompanied cash prizes of N20, 000.00 each for both the male and the female teams while Group B went home with a cash prize of N10, 000.00 only for the 3rd position in the female football tournament.
An Akpugoeze indigenous legal luminary and a Catholic Knight of the Order of Saint John International, Sir Basil Obiora Aguigwo, Esq. sponsored the male and female football tournaments in memory of his late parents, late Pa Basil Uzoinyi Aguigwo and late Mrs. Esther Enechionuanya Aguigwo.
Barr. Aguigwo, who is the secretary of Eastern Bar Forum of the Nigerian Bar Association and the one time president of Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON), Awka Diocese, said the tournament is part of his many plans to contribute to youth development in his home town, Akpu Catholic Region and Awka Catholic Diocese in general.
Presenting the trophies and accompanied prizes to the winners of the football competitions on May 7, the sponsor, Sir Basil Obiora Aguigwo, Esq., exhorted the Catholic youths on life of faithfulness and strengthened faith in God. He prayed the football tournament would instill fear of God and responsible lifestyle in the Catholic youths, and bring them closer to God.
Speaking on the occasion, the parish priest of St Theresa's Catholic Parish, Akpugoeze, Awka Diocese, Rev Fr Charles Ibekwe, extolled Barr Aguigwo for initiating and sponsoring the annual football tournament which its aims were to bring the youths together and closer to God.
Fr Ibekwe, who observed that youths of Akpugoeze do not attend Masses even on Sundays, stated his conviction that if the entire Catholic youths that participated in the football competition turn new leaves and get closer to God, Akpugoeze would be a better town and human development would be maximized.
Akpu Deanery and Akpu Regional Football Competitions which are expected to commence in June, 2017 are also being sponsored by Barr Basil Aguigwo.
In their various remarks, the vicar of St Theresa's Parish, Akpugoeze and parish CYON Chaplain, Rev Fr Raymond Umennajiuba; the President of Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON), Awka Diocese, Engr. Ebuka Mbazulike and the president of CYON, St Theresa's Parish, Akpugoeze, Gabrile Nwekezenagu C., commended the sponsor, Sir Basil Obiora Aguigwo, Esq. for his goodwill and commitment to the development of the youths who are the hope of the future.
Highlights were presentation of prizes and medals to the winners as well as presentation of prizes to the highest goal scorers, best goal keepers and best players, who were given N1, 000.00 each as well as the best behaved team that smiled home with N2,000.00. This was even as the losers were compensated with N5,000 each. In the female team, Chinazo Iroegbunam and Somtoochukwu Umeokoli won the best player and the best goal keeper respectively.