LAWYERS and Nigerian Bar Association, NBA leaders of the Eastern Bar Forum, EBF, have commended what they described as the invaluable contributions of the Chief Arthur Okafor/ EBF Unity Cup, to the health and unity of among lawyers in the Forum.
In a chat with journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State at the end of the 2nd round of the tournament which is sponsored by Chief Okafor, SAN, Chairman of the Sports Committee of the EBF, who is also the coordinator of the Chief Arthur Obi Okafor EBF Unity football tournament, Mr. Steve Ononye said: “The tournament has achieved the desired peace and unity in the EBF. All these time that we have been playing these matches, from what we have gathered, unity, peace love is now in the EBF and if this continues, EBF will be stronger. It has achieved the main purpose which is to unite lawyers within the EBF family.”
On the call to make the tournament a national event for the NBA, Mr. Ononye said: “I think it is a good idea because if it goes on national level, more branches will join and more states will also see the health benefits of this tournament because we as lawyers, we cannot be going to court only, we cannot only keep ourselves busy with our work as lawyers, we also need to play football, relax and entertain ourselves which is very important. I also think that it will enhance commitment at the national level.”
On the next round of the tournament, he said “ Well, now that we have seen the last match in the 2nd round, we will enter another round which is the 3rd round where we will also only have 10 teams, thereafter we will go into quarter finals, semi finals and finals.
He said: “ About 43 teams started the tournament, 42 played in the 1st round then 22 teams played in the 2nd round and we have 11 teams remaining after this 11 teams playing and we will get another five teams then we will have what is called best looser that will make it up. We have the next round which commenced on May 13, where Yenagua will play Okigwe, then Umuahia will play Uyo, Onitsha will play Awka and so on. That is the 3rd round fixture.”