Host State, Katsina, has won the third edition of the YSFON organized Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema U-17 Boys Soccer tournament.
In an entertaining final decided at the Katsina Township Stadium, the team defeated the defending champions, Bauchi by 1-0 to emerge the winners of the week-long tournament.
The match which was watched by a capacity crowd which included the state’s Executive Director of Sports, Alhaji Nalado Iro Kankia saw the two teams exhibiting some good football artistry to the delight of the fans but not until the dying minutes of the first half that Katsina scored the only goal of the match through a penalty converted by Nafiu Danladi. In the third place match, Kebbi State defeated FCT by 2-0 to emerge the third best team of the tournament.
Speaking while presenting prizes to the teams, Katsina State Governor who was represented by State’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Mannir Ibrahim Talba commended all the participating teams and officials for exhibiting spirit of sportsmanship throughout the duration of the tournament even as he promised the state Government’s contin-uous sponsorship of the championship as a way of grassroots football development in the country.
He noted that the state Government as part of its efforts to develop sports in the state is constructing a 35,000 capacity ultra modern stadium which when completed will be put into use for the benefits of youths of the state. In his closing remarks, National President of YSFON, Nasiru Gawuna who was represented by the North East chairman of the Federation, Justice Habib Idris expressed gratitude to Katsina State Government for partnering with YSFON to develop grassroots football in the country.
Highlight of the championship was the presentation of the most valuable player award to Akwa Ibom state, Highest goal scorer to one of the kastina players’ who scored a total of Seven goals during the tournament while the best goalkeeper of the tournament was won by the host state with coach of the tournament going to Coach, Hajia Hafsat Seriki of the FCT.