By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
GOVERNOR Liyel Imoke Bridge Leadership Foundation, Community Connect Football has selected 10 players for camping in preparation for the 2012 Homeless World Cup to be played in Mexico.
The 10 players comprising both females and males were selected from over 2000 players that participated in the competition which featured ten teams, in Calabar, Cross River State.
Speaking after the selection of the lucky players, Yomi Kuku of Community Connect said the boys and girls who applied to participate in the competition were randomly drafted into the teams whose names were suggested by the players themselves.
The participating teams which included Akpabuyo, Obanlikwu, Emem, J-Guys, Jacobed, Bise, Magesty, Obong and The Bridge Football teams went through three weeks of competition to facilitate the discovery of the selected players and the emergence of cup winners.
The four cups which were provided by The Bridge Leadership Foundation were won by Akpabuyo which won the Community Connect cup, the Obong Cup won by the Corpers Football team, and Emem which took home the The Bridge Leadership cup.
The matches played at the St Patrick’s College, Ikot Ansa Calabar featured five players in each team that had at least one female player.
Mrs Ini Onuk, the Coordinator of The Bridge Leadership Foundation said three out of the ten selected players from the list are expected to make it to the national team that would be in Mexico for the Homeless World Cup from the 12th to the 18th of October 2012 in Mexico.
She said apart from developing the football talents of the youths whose ages range between fifteen and twenty eight, they are also exposed to leadership training and entrepreneurial skill development to make them leaders in their fields of endeavour in future.
She said it was on that score that everything done in the competition had a significant input from the youths themselves to allow them inculcate the spirit of self discipline and initiative acquisition to take quality decisions.
“The matches had no formal referee; the players themselves decided when a player committed a foul and the moment the time is up, play stops- what we are exposing them to is more than scoring goals, it’s a total package in leadership development”
Those to be in camp include Regina Otu, Onyime Christiopheer, Ruth Emmanuel, edikan Sunday, Blessing Ekpo, Mary Henshaw, bassey ekpenyong okon, Maurice Edem, Uduak, Anale Ilam, Prince Njar