GP World FA are champions of Anambra Super ‘8’ Tournament
By Tony Oji
It was a tremendous success and huge excitements for football fans of GP World FA who finally emerged champions of the maiden edition of MY ANAMBRA SUPER ‘8’ football Tournament after defeating Konti FC Umunnachi, in a very tough encounter on Saturday, Orient Sports reports.
An early goal from Happiness Jebosa had put Konti FC ahead in the 5th minute and were on the verge of running away with the giant trophy before Adina Odinaka restored parity from the spot in the 89th minute to bring back hope for the Nnewi based football club.
The final match ended 3-2 on penalty after the regulation time while the third-place match went in favour of MEKON FC Umunze, who equally defeated Pope Johnpaul FC Okpuno, both games took place at the NEROS Stadium, Nanka.
Orient Sports confirms that the competition is being organized by ‘MY ANAMBRA FOOTBALL’ and bankrolled by Aspire FC, an amateur football club based in Adazi Ani.
Speaking to Sports writers, Prince Oliver Ndigwe, Chairman of the Main Organising Committee and member of Anambra Football State Football Association (ANSFA) explained that the project is already achieving its purpose for grassroot football development in the state as well as bring the young ones to limelight.
Ndigwe lauded the sponsors and the 27 teams that began the journey three months ago. He also said that they have a long-term plan for soccer which would automatically help young talents to decide their future and promised that the next edition will be much better.
The initiator of ‘My Anambra Football’ project and former Caretaker Committee Chairman of the ANSFA, Dr. Emeka Okeke, revealed to Sports Writers that the Super 8 Tournament would be sustained for the next four years while female soccer competition is already being considered as part of the project.
Okeke noted that ‘My Anambra Football’ Next 10-year plan is another superb innovation for private and public sector geared towards developing and promoting state football through investments in physical infrastructure, technical training, promotion as well as creating access to global market.
He thanked the participating teams and the LOC for a job well done and urged more clubs in the state to cue in for the second edition of 2022 Anambra Super eight competition.
Responding, the Media officer of Aspire FC, Emeka Okoye, congratulated GP World for their victory and encouraged them to keep the flag flying by making the state proud at the NLO Division 2.
Okoye equally thanked other teams for their show of sportsmanship since the inception of the tournament, adding that Aspire FC would be delighted to see more clubs register for the next edition in 2022.
The Prioprietor of GP World FA, Rev. Nwaebiem Johnwealth Okechukwu, was full of praise to the organisers of the tournament for given Anambra youths an enabling platform to show case their God given talents.
“Special thanks to My Anambra Football organisers for this inspiration and encouragement to football. I believe that this will spur the spirit of these boys to zenith.
“Most thanks to Aspire FC whom God has used as a force and has been putting his signet to actualize their great vision and mandate, I will only say thank you and will keep praying that all God’s blessings will forever follow you as well as grace to do more in Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
Nwaebiem, also praised his entire football crew, players and sponsor for all their efforts to ensure they recorded great success in the competition, especially lifting the trophy after a long battle.
Orient Sports reports that GP World FA, who lifted the Trophy, has automatically secured a ticket to play in the fourth tier of Nigerian club football (NLO 2), as well as smiled home with the first prize of N500,000. Konti FC Umunnachi and Mekon United FC Umunze who finished as runner ups, received the sum of N300,000 and N200,000 respectively.
Meanwhile, Coach Chibuike Umeh of GP World FA was recognized as the Best Coach of the Competition, Most Disciplined went to Ifechikwulu FC Omor, Arinze Iloka of Konti FC was voted the Outstanding player, Best Goalkeeper went to Ifeanyi Ifiokwe of Konti FC, Ejike Anaduaka of Pope John Paul FC received Best Midfielder and Most Tactical player award while Adina Odinaka won the Golden Boot, having scored a total of 3 in the Tournament.