Super 8: Four teams qualify for the final stage
By Tony Oji
It is jubilation all the way as four clubs gets through to the final stage of 2021 Anambra ‘Super 8’ football tournament after Match Day 3 massive cracker at the Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha, Orient Sports reports.
The competition organized by ‘My Anambra Football’ and bankrolled by Aspire FC Adazi Ani, is the first of its kind in the state, geared towards developing and promoting grassroot soccer through investments in physical infrastructure, technical training, promotion as well as creating access to global market.
Speaking to Sports Writers, Chairman of the organizing committee and a member of the board, Prince Oliver Ndigwe congratulated all the qualified teams for a job well done and for making good use of the opportunity availed to them by the organisers of the competition.
“I am officially thanking the entire teams for wonderful super ‘8’ tournament. Congratulations for those that made it to the semifinals and we wish you all the best of luck going forward.
“You guys really showed high level of maturity and we would want us to maintain the discipline that brought us this far, as we enter the knockout stage of the competition. See you all in Nanka,” Ndigwe said.
Orient Sports confirms that after Match Day 3, include; Pope John Paul football club of Okpuno who finished on 5 points, and Konti FC of Umunnachi with 4points to qualify from group ‘A’. While Mekon FC of Umunze tops group ‘B’ with 7 points, followed by GP World FA on 4points.
The Coach of Mekon FC, Echezona Ike lauded his boys on performance and for ensuring that they scaled through to the next stage of the competition.
“I am happy that my players adhered to my instructions and it paid off. It was not an easy game at all, every last group game is usually dicey and any mistake can either be a blessing or bad luck. We were prepared to win this game and got the desired result.
“I thank the organisers, it is a superb initiative and great opportunity for us but I would want them to improve on the officiating. It is the knock out stage and we expect them to give us the best. Right now, we are eyeing the trophy. So, our mission must be accomplished,” Ike explained.
Meanwhile, the Team manager of PJP FC, Kingsley Onukwor told Orient Sports that the game was another victory for them, having secured five points and that they are looking forward to have a complete squad in the semifinals on Friday.
“Our joy knows no bound; we are happy to have gotten to this stage. It is not an easy one but we are very optimistic and sure of victory in our next game, no matter the team. Winning is our culture and the only valid conversation right now is congratulation to PJP FC Okpuno.
“We are certain that our squad will be complete, sound and ready for the next encounter, kudos to the organisers for doing a wonderful job,’’Onunkwor enthused.
Orient Sports reports that the semi-finals would be played on Friday, 2nd April while the grand finale takes place at the NEROS stadium, Nanka on April 3, 2021.