By Terfa Alaghga
Ten U-15 teams across Makurdi, are participating in the ongoing Youth Championship, at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.
The Head Coach of football, Benue State Sports Council, Stephen Waghbo stated this to The Voicesports’ recently, explaining that, ” since we do not have a solid foundation or structure on ground for the development of these youths, we want to encourage the formation of youth teams at all levels”.
Coach Waghbo further stated that what they wanted was to identify the young talents that would be representing Benue state whenever there was a youth championship. He added that,” anytime there was a youth championship we just rush to get players and that was not a healthy development. So we are looking for boys to catch them young and encourage them “.
He said the winner of the championship, would bask in the euphoria of winning a set of jerseys and three balls while the first and second runners up, would go home with two sets of training bibs with two balls and two sets of bibs and a ball respectively, and other consolation prizes of Most Valuable Player MVP, Highest Goals Scorer HGS, best goalkeeper and the most disciplined team.
The head coach, expressed appreciation to the Director of Sports, Benue State Sports Council comrade Philip Nongo for his open door policy and creating an enabling environment for them thrive.
The opening match which was between the Shinning Light FC and Ngosule FC ended in a 3-3 draw.