The highly anticipated Igwe Orizu Diamond Football U-20 Competition, proudly presented by the Nigeria Pillar of Sports under the leadership of Chief Donatus Agu-Ejidike JP, is scheduled to commence this week in Nnewi, Anambra State. The competition boasts a remarkable prize of ₦1 million for the victors of the coveted trophy. This announcement was made through an official press release from the Nigeria Pillar of Sports (ONPS) office, signed by Chairman Prince Shola Ajide Olayioye, and shared with the press on Monday.
Organized as an invitational tournament, the participating teams have been selected at random from the three senatorial districts of Anambra State. This collaborative effort between the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) and the Anambra State Football Association aims to foster sporting excellence within the region. The matches are set to kick off on Wednesday, August 23rd, and conclude on Friday, August 25th, at the prestigious Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium in Nnewi.
Prince Ajide emphasized that the sponsorship of this event aligns perfectly with the vision of Chief Donatus Agu-Ejidike, a dedicated sports philanthropist. The event serves as a unifying platform and a means to channel the vibrant energy of young individuals away from criminal activities and towards productive endeavors. The aim is to empower the youth socially and economically, making them valuable contributors to society. The championship also holds a special significance in honoring Igwe K.N.O Orizu, who has spent 60 years on the throne as the Igwe Nnewi.
The Nigeria Pillar of Sports envisions this competition as an opportunity to bring together notable natives of Nnewi with the intention of fostering investments in sports-related businesses and discovering emerging talents within Anambra State. The event anticipates the participation of prominent figures such as Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo, the Igwe Orizu, Cabinet members of the Igwe-in-Council, and Benjamin Issah, President of SWAN National Executives, among others.
Chief Agu-Ejidike, a philanthropist hailing from Nnewi, has consistently supported grassroots sports development throughout the country. The Igwe Orizu Diamond Football U-20 Competition marks yet another significant stride in his noble efforts to elevate sports.
Sports enthusiasts are called upon to show their support by attending the competition in large numbers. The grand finale promises to be a gathering of influential personalities, critical stakeholders, and accomplished sports personalities, all united in celebrating the spirit of sportsmanship and community engagement.