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As Gov. Diri hints of constructing ten new playing pitches across Bayelsa

Crusaders Feeders FC of Peretorugbene have emerged champions in the 5th edition of Bayelsa Governor’s Football Tournament tagged, “Prosperity Cup.”

The Peretorugbene boys defeated De Grace FC of Yenagoa in a pulsating final last night at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex via a penalty shoot out after regulation time ended one all.

Governor Douye Diri led other dignitaries that included his wives, Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Diri and Justice (Mrs.) Patience Ama Diri, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau to grace the final game of the Nigeria’s largest grassroots football competition.

In the female category, Golden Sun Sports Club emerged winners of the maiden edition, after defying the downpour to beat tournament favorites, Crystal Stars Football Club, three nil (3-0).

In a remark, Governor Douye Diri said he was proud of all participating teams, coaches, officials and organisers for the sportsmanship displayed throughout the competition.

“Your guidance mentorship have not only produced talents but discipline and focus on the players. This tournament has served the purpose of discovering potentials and talents in Bayelsa.”

“It is my firm believe that through your support, this competition will nuture the talents that will proudly represent the state and our country Nigeria.”

The Governor announced that soonest, the state will build ten playing football centres across Bayelsa to serve the purpose of hosting more of such competitions, adding that empowering youth remains a sure way to take their minds away from social vices.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau, assures of his support to see that available scouts graced subsequent events for hunting of future Stars.

Speaking at the event, Director-General of competition, Ono Akpe, said the tournament has since become a hunting ground for teams across the country, with some already playing their trade abroad, adding that soonest, the Prosperity Cup will become the most popular grassroot football competition in Africa.

Crusader Feeders FC were awarded a trophy and five million naira for their victory, second place De Grace FC of Yenagoa received two million five hundred thousand naira, third place team, Agbere FC of Sagbama went home with one point five million naira, while fourth place, Dream Boys Academy of Odi (Kolokuma/Opokuma), received five hundred thousand naira.

Winners of the female category, Golden Sun Sports Club, got two hundred and fifty thousand naira for their victory, runner-up, Crystal Stars FC received one hundred and fifty thousand naira, Peremo Soccer Academy were awarded eighty thousand naira, while fourth place, Niger Delta University Queens, got fifty thousand naira.

Junior Christopher of Crusader Feeders FC emerged the highest goal scorer with twelve goals.

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