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Prosperity Cup Organisers list proposed venues for tournament

Posted : 31 March 2024

The Central Organizing Committee (COC) of Nigeria's most prestigious grassroots football tournament, the Bayelsa State Governor's Football Tournament, christened the Prosperity Cup, has released a list of proposed venues for the sixth edition of the tournament.

The Director of the Technical Committee of the Prosperity Cup, Mr. Diseye Nwankwe, said that preparations were in top shape as Bayelsa is getting ready for the commencement of the showpiece, which has continued to receive commendations from stakeholders.

According to him, the tournament would be played across 24 centers in the eight Local Government Areas across the state, which includes Nembe City in Nembe LGA, Okpoma and Akassa Centers in Brass LGA, Southern Ijaw has Oporoma Azuzuama/Koluama/Korokorosei/Olugbobiri and Amassoma centers.

He maintained that the Egbema-Angalabiri and the Agge Centers will have the luxury of hosting teams from Ekeremor LGA. Yenagoa, which produced the highest number of teams in the last edition, has Bishop Dimieari Grammar School, Community Secondary School Opolo, Ogboloma, Okordia/Zarama, Tombia, Swali, Biogbolo, and Kpansia/Koroama Centers.

He further explains that Onuebum, Otuasega/Imiringi, Kolo/Otuabagi have been picked as the proposed venues in Ogbia LGA while Sagbama, Ebedebiri Centers will host teams in Sagbama LGA. Teams in Kolokuma/Opokuma will slug it out at the Kaiama and Igbainwari Centers.

Nwankwe notes that a committee in charge of the pitch inspection would in the coming days embark on an inspection tour to ascertain the level of readiness of venues before the commencement of the showpiece.

In the same vein, the Organizers of the Bayelsa State Governor's Football Tournament AKA Prosperity Cup have opened the doors for all amateur players, making them eligible to participate in the tournament.

According to the COC, the need to allow amateur players to participate in the spectacle became necessary due to the continuous expansion of the tournament, stating that the inclusion of the amateur players would deepen the tournament and expose all talented Bayelsa youths.

It notes with confidence that with the progress of the spectacle, the Prosperity Cup soon would be the feeder team to all the cadet national teams in the country, describing the tournament as the best thing that has happened to football in Nigeria.

"Already, Prosperity Cup has become a feeder tournament to Bayelsa United and other pro-league teams in the South-South, which is highly commendable," he added.

Diseye Nwankwe lauded the governor, Senator Douye Diri, and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, as well as the Ministry of Sports for the unwavering support they have given to the development of sports, which includes the advancement of the Prosperity Cup, pointing out that the governor's unparalleled love for sports has ensured Bayelsa youths are engaged positively.

He urged corporate bodies and good-spirited Nigerians in and around the state to support this tournament, which has impacted positively on the youths of the state by engaging them constructively, helping to curb cultism, crime, and other social vices.


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