The maiden edition of the Science, Technical and Vocational Schools Management Board Chairman’s football tournament has ended with an assurance by the state government to utilise sports in tackling unemployment as well as crime and criminality in the state.
The STVSMB all technical school football competition kicked off on the 6th of October 2017 with participation from all technical schools in the six education zones of Agbani, Awgu, Enugu, Nsukka, Obollo and Udi in the state.
In the finals played on Thursday at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Government Technical School, Nsukka trashed Technical School, Mgbidi. The game earlier ended 2-2 on full-time but Technical School, Nsukka finally emerged overall winner in a penalty shootout, while Technical School, Abor beat Technical College, Obe 2-0 to clinch the third position.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Enugu State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Joseph Udedi said the state government was putting measures in place to harness young talents from secondary schools across the state.
He disclosed that the best among the players that participated in the football tournament will be groomed and signed to Rangers International Football Club.
On his part, Chairman of the Board, Mr Obi Kama said “when this present board was inaugurated on the 10th August, 2016 sports was one area I believed we need to put more effort because of the impact to our society especially the youths with so much energy and ambition”.
He said the inaugural chairman’s cup is to “overhaul and revamp all sporting activities in all technical schools, hunt for future talents, restore discipline in our school, and create atmosphere of healthy competition in STVSMB”.
“We have already started this by procurement of 38 FIFA standard footballs to our schools, we have concluded arrangement to procure other sports equipment to assist our schools”, which he said include: table tennis, basketball and nets, javelin, relay kits, hand ball kit among others.
Kama solicited for partnership from sports loving individuals and organizations to help sustain the tournament to harness the skills and talents of students in sports.
Trophy, medals and cash prizes were presented to the winner, Government Technical School, Nsukka, as well as first and second runners up, Technical School, Mgbidi and Technical College, Abor.
Other dignitaries at the event were, Chairman, Post Primary Schools Management Board, Nestor Ezeme, Chairman, Enugu
State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Ikeji Asogwa, Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Eze represented by the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Chidiogo as well as the State House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Youth, Sports and security, Nelson Uduji among others.