The second edition of the annual Nsukka Bet9ja 5-A-Side football tournament came to a fitting end on Monday December 2, 2019 at the
Ugwuoye football field Nsukka with Catalonia FC emerging as the champion after a 5-4 penalty shoot out win against Divine Mercy FC.
The thrilling finals laced with excitement, fun and frills with both teams settling for a 1-1 draw at the regulation time, forcing the winner to be decided by penalty kicks.
Catalonia FC and Divine Mercy FC treated the capacity crowd to a splendid rendition of quality football artistry that kept the fans on their toes throughout the duration.
The atmosphere turned frenzy as anxiety set in when the two teams went into the tie-breaking penalty kicks. However, the more composed Catalonia side prevailed with a 5-4 win to emerge champion.
The winners, Catalonia FC went home with the star prize of ₦300,000 and Divine Mercy FC who emerged as runner-up received ₦200,000 while third place winners, De Don FC took home ₦150,000.
Bet9ja Super Agent in charge of Nsukka, Igbo-Eze, Isi-Uzo and Uzo-Uwani local Government area and the chief executive officer of OCO World, “Mr Okwudili Celestine Okwudili” expressed happiness over the success of the league.
He revealed the reason why he was inspired to float the tournament, stressing that the idea came to him right from Nsukka. “The love grew from my home town, Nsukka. The Nsukka people have very been supportive of my business” he said, and you know it is said that “charity begins at home”. I had to reciprocate their support too. That is why I decided that it must be here that the tournament will hold. It’s like giving back to the society that made me what I am today and I really appreciate that.
He continued by giving an insight into the next edition of the Bet9ja 5-A-Side Football tournament:
“The third edition is coming and I call on all lovers of the game, both the youths and the Government to be part of the event that has to do with Nsukka youths”, he added.
Hon Okoro Onyekachi Christian, who is the chairman of the Nsukka Football Referees Council, expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the tournament for bringing the tournament to the area.
First and foremost, I want to appreciate the Director of OCO World for bringing this all enterprising game to our people, the young ones here in Nsukka.
Five-A-Side football league is a new type of football and we are happy it is coming live from Nsukka. The competition was a success and we give glory to God”.
Miracle Ogbonna, one of the entertainment dancers, so full of smiles said the tournament was all fun, well organised and showcased an avenue of talent hunt for the youths.
The League ended with presentation of awards to the CEO of OCO World by the Nsukka Local Government Football Council and Nsukka Coaches Association for a successful Five-A-Side Football Competition, which was concluded on December 2, 2019.
Credit: Uchenna Ezeadigwe.