BY CHUMA AUSTIN / ENUGU
Captain Valentine of Udenu Local Government last Thursday moved his team to the quarter-finals of the ongoing Save Enugu State Now Movement (S-E-S-N-M) football tournament at Onoli, Awgu stadium as they defeated Uzo Uwani, Local Government squad 2-0.
The S-E-S-N-M soccer fiesta is sponsored by the Enugu Gubernatorial Candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena.
The Udenu players and their coach arrived at the venue of the game at 11 am.
The center referee, Michael Onyeli, blew the kick-off whistle at 2.45 pm instead of 2 pm which was the scheduled time of the play.
It was unique as immediately after the commencement of the game, the skipper of Udenu, Kingsley Ugwu, scored the first goal in the first minute to the jubilation of soccer fans who showed sympathy to the team for arriving at the stadium early enough for the game.
The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the Udenu Local Government team.
It was a sweet story for the Udenu lads in the second half as their captain, Ugwu, put them ahead in the first minute of the play, giving them victory at the end with a 2-0
Speaking to newsmen after the game, the Special Assistant to the ADC Gubernatorial Candidate and Supreme Coordinator of the S-E-S-N-M tournament, Okafor Onyeka Cyndian, poured encomium on his boss, Pastor Ozoemena, saying he has empowered many people including youths in Enugu State.
Cyndia said that Pastor Ozoemena abandoned his comfort zone oversea to return to Nigeria to salvage his home state, Enugu, which he said had been misruled by successive regimes.
Cyndia noted that none of Pastor Ozoemena’s political opponents has equaled his contributions to the state as individuals, adding that the ongoing S-E-S-N-M football tournament which he has been sponsoring single-handedly since 2019 is an example of his philanthropic gesture.
“His Excellency, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena has provided portable water to people of Enugu State, giving scholarships to indigent youths of the state as well as infrastructure.
“Talented footballers discovered from S-E-S-N-M soccer tournament are now plying their trade in Europe and Asia countries”, he added.
“As it stands now Udenu LG is the only local government area council team that has traveled far away from another zone to arrive before 11:00 am ahead of the 2:00 pm game in the ongoing S-E-S-N-M Enugu State Unity Cup Second Edition football tournament, sponsored by the eloquent scholar, erudite leader, orator altruist the African Democratic Congress ADC Enugu State governorship candidate His Excellency, Pastor Donatus Obi Ozoemena”, the Special Aide noted.
Local government area council teams that are through to the next round at a glance
1. Nsukka LG GF5 GA0 +5Goals 6 Points (1 yellow card)
2. Aninri LG GF5 GA1 +4Goals 6 Points (1 yellow card)
3. Oji River LG GF4 GA 1 +3Goals 4 Points (4 Yellow cards)
4. Ụdị LG GF5 GA3 +2Goals 3 Points (8 Yellow cards)
5. Enugu East LG GF 3 GA 2 +1Goal 3 Points (2 Yellow cards)
Uzo Uwani Vs Udenu LG, (any of the aforementioned LG Team to join the Next round)
Enugu South Vs Awgu LG (any of the aforementioned LG Team, to join the next round)
Nkanu East Vs Isi Uzo LG (any of the aforementioned LG teams to join the next round).