By Richard Animam
PGA players are eagerly looking forward to the memorial golf tournament being sponsored by IGCC Captain Hon. Daniel Mayuku in honour of late professional Ali Abdullahi and former IBB Golf and Country Club member Christian Godfrey.
Players like Andrew Oche Odoh, who is now in South Africa, where he is currently taking part in the Zambia Open, said he would have loved to take part in the memorial butÂ was initially told the event was an invitational, based on whichÂ he decided to travel to South Africa.
Although, Oche will not be in Asaba, so also Edet Umoh,Â his elder brother Martin Odoh, Mike Ubi, Gift Willy, Dominic Andrew, Lateef Lasisi, Gboyega Oyebanji, Musa Ayuba and many others have signified their intension to be in Asaba for the memorial event.
â€œAli and Christian are myÂ brothers and I will play in any tournament in theirÂ honour. As at the time of the death, they were the best players in the country and it is only normal for us to honour them with our presence. Myself and Ali were in Cameroon where he won the Yaounde tournament and we were planning a big celebration when we get home. On thatÂ fateful day, we were supposed to travel together to Minna but he opted out in the last minute to travel with Godfrey and they did not make it to Minna. Itâ€™s sad that we had to lose two of our best players in one ghastly accidentâ€, he said.
Port Harcourt based Mike Ubi also assured that he will be in Asaba for the event. According to him, he still can not believe that both players are gone.
â€œI do not understand why they had to go when our golf was on the rise. Both players contributed tremendously to the new found spirit among PGA players. Aliâ€™s victory in France and Cameroon spurred many of us to believe that we can do better. Godfrey on the other hand, won back to back the President Cup in Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom.
He was begining to realize that he had what it takes to play among the best in Africa but death snatched him away from his dreamsâ€, Ubi said.