Football enthusiasts and notable dignitaries will tomorrowÂ converge on the oil-rich Warri town to witness topflight soccer action at the finalÂ match of the Oceanic Bank sponsored 2010 Delta State Federation Cup. Warri Wolves Football Club and Isoko Football Club of Oleh will trade tackles for the prestigious cup, even as arrangements have been concluded for the match to be played under floodlights and beamed live on the Super Sports Channel. Kick off time is 7p.m at the main bowl of the Warri TownshipÂ Stadium.
For over 10 years, Oceanic Bank has been the exclusive sponsors of the Delta State Federation Cup (formerly Challenge Cup) in keeping with its commitment to good corporate social responsibility. According to Mr. John Aboh, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Oceanic Bank International Plc, the sponsorship of the stateâ€™s challenge cup competition has since become a model for various organizations in terms of using sports to drive human capacity development.
â€œOver the years, the competitionÂ has produced an array of stars and also enhanced the growth of football and youth empowerment in Delta state. These are noteworthy outcomes of the sponsorship that Oceanic Bank is proud to be associated with,â€ he said.
Noting that Oceanic Bank had always been known for supporting sports and sponsoring events that facilitate the actualization of the aspirations of the dreams and goals of Nigerians, Aboh assured that the Bank would remain committed to providing platforms for Nigerians to excel.
â€œOceanic Bankâ€™s commitment to sports development is in line with its determination to empower Nigerians to pursue their dreams to fruition. As talents are discovered and groomed to become professionals, they add to the wealth ofÂ human resources available in the country and at the same create employment opportunities,â€ he added.
It would be recalled that in 2008, Oceanic Bank was instrumental to the staging of the testimonial match for former Super Eagles skipper, Austin Jay-jay Okocha, at the Warri City Stadium, an event which attracted many Nigerian and foreign football stars. The Bank also partnered JJ Okocha in discovering budding soccer stars in the 2009 edition of the Oceanic Football Talent Hunt Competition.