Sports: My Dream Is To Produce International Players Through This Tournament –Tomone  

By Binebai Princewill

Organiser of the 2019 maiden edition of the Godspenal Football Tournament has revealed that the real reason behind hosting the tournament is to select players that will form the Godspenal Football Academy that will be playing for Nigeria football leagues.

Chief host of the exciting football tournament, Apst. (Dr) Godspower Tomone made the disclosure yesterday at Ogulagha community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State during the opening ceremony of the tournament.

According to him, beside the cash prizes to be won by teams and players, choosing good players out of the many to constitute the Godspenal Football Academy is the ultimate goal of the tournament.

He had particularly hinted The Liberator Newspaper that he had registered with all necessary sports agencies for the Godspenal Football Academy to be playing in the Nigeria leagues, stressing that by playing in the Nigeria leagues, players might make it into the Nigeria main football teams and could possibly be playing for International Football teams.

Speaking further, Godspenal, the Chief Executive Officer of the Godspenal International Company describes football as the most uniting event in the World, stressing that the tournament will unite people of the riverine communities more in the day to day living of the people.
We have better players in the creeks than the Urban — Tomone

Dr. Tomone had also revealed that football players in the creeks of Niger Delta, particularly of the Ijaw extraction are better than their counterparts in the urban, regretting that before now, there are no open opportunities for them to display their talents to the world.

Godspower assured the players that he is providing the platform for them to bring out the best in them, stressing that good players will surely go national and international through the Godspenal Football Academy.

He said it gives him great joy to see people drawn from Iduwini Kingdom, Kou Kingdom and Ogulagha Kingdom all in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State participating in the tournament.
However, Tomone stated that right from his infantry days, he had always loved football and had wanted a platform through which players in the creeks can come out openly to exhibit their football talents among their colleagues in the urban cities.

When asked if he intends to make the tournament an annual event, Dr. Tomone stated that he is hoping to make it an annual event where footballers will be segmented into senior and junior clubs in the Godspenal Football Academy, he noted that for now the tournament is free height.

The Entertainment Match

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As part of activities for the opening ceremony of the football tournament, Delta Base FC and Ogulagha Golden Girls FC played an entertainment match that saw the Delta Base FC Trashing the Ogulagha Golden Girls FC 2-0 with more ball possesion.

How Burutu United FC Crushed Sharp Shooters of Ogulagha FC 2-1

In the opening match between Burutu United FC and Sharp Shooters of Ogulagha FC which saw the display of quality football exhibited by players from both teams kept spectstors wondering on the quality of players.

Few minutes into the first half of the scintillating match between the Burutu United FC and Sharp Shooters of Ogulagha FC, the Burutu FC netted two (2) goals which heightened the soccer spirit of the Ogulagha Sharp Shooters displaying skills with the ball.

The second half is not different as the Sharp Shooters of Ogulagha FC continued to dominate the game in their bid to equalise, their efforts were crowned by netting a goal that brought the scoreline to 2-1 In favour of Burutu United FC who coaxed home with songs of victory.

This is commendable- Agediga

Meanwhile, Executive Director, ED, Planning, Research and Statistics, PRS, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Amb. Comr. Shedrack Agediga has commended Apst. Dr. Godspower Tomone for hosting the football tournament.

He maintained that the likes of Tomone are very few in the Niger Delta region on his stance for sports development, noting that he is happy to grace the occasion and would do anything to make his own contribution for the continued growth and development of the football academy and the tournament.

The event was well graced by people from Iduwini Kingdom, Kou Kingdom, Ogulagha Kingdom and chieftains from the sport world in the country.

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