More than 1,000footballers from the 25 local government areas that make up Delta State will converge at Ughelli, Ogwashi Uku and Oleh as the second edition of ASCON OIL U-17 championship flags off this week.
The event which is packaged by Dream Team Football Academy, Asaba, in honour of late Engr. George Enenmoh, Founder/CEO of ASCON Oil Ltd., was instituted in 2010 as part of activities to keep alive the dreams of the late industrial mogul, whose life was tragically cut short in the fatal Bellview Airline crash of October 22nd, 2005, at Lisa village, Ifo local government area of Ogun State.
The screening exercise which was a prelude to the tournament, saw more than 10,000 youngsters file out armed with their original birth certificates, which acted as the only prerequisite for participation. Prizes at stake in this year’s championship include star prize of 500,000 naira for the over-all winners, 250,000 for the first runners-up, 150,000 for the second runners-up and 100,000 naira for the third runners-up.
There are other attractive prizes for the most valuable player (MVP), best coach, best keeper, best referee, best behaved team (fair play award), best journalist etc. It will be recalled that at the memorial lecture of this year’s event, former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Amb.
Fanny Amun led a delegation of who is who in the Nigeria football industry to occasion which took place on Ocotober 10 at Asaba, Delta State. Coming on the heels of Nigeria’s elimination from the CAF African Nations Cup taking place in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year, Amun, top journalists and other stakeholders took turns to lambast the football authorities in the country for abandoning youth development programme, choosing rather to tow the line of fire brigade in trying to move Nigeria football forward.