Borno State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alh. Adamu Lawan Zaufanjinba in collaboration with the member representing Jere local government at the Borno State House of Assembly, Aji Kolo has organised a football tournament tagged ‘Mairi Youth Football Championship’, in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
The competition starts Wednesday, February 14 in Maiduguri with 16 clubs divided into groups A - H, registering from different parts of the state capital.
Among the sixteen teams in the tournament are; FC Bakura Lawan, Mansur Boutique FC, Mairi Strikers FC, Fori United, FC Double Attempt, Bama United, FC Brazil, among others.A
Also in the tournament is YERWA EXPRESS FC, a club owned by the publishers of YERWA EXPRESS NEWS.
All matches for the tournament will be played at Maimusari Primary and Secondary School football field school, along Bama road, Maiduguri.
Chairman of the organizing committee, Abba Lawan stated that, "because of the tragedy caused by insurgency in the state, people find it difficult to associate or gather in one place for fear of a possible ‘suicide attack’. Therefore, we are organizing this competition to show the world that peace has bounced back to where it belongs - Borno State".
'Sports seems to be the best weapon for uniting people, so we want to use this competition to strengthen unity among our people and also revive the culture of communal friendliness in our community', the chairman added.
Similarly, Abba told this medium that, "I want to advise the team coaches and their players, clubs supporters and other viewers to be in their best behaviour because there will be tight security arrangement in the competition and there will be zero tolerance to any form of misconduct".
In a pre-tournament meeting between the organizing officials, club owners and some team captains, Coach of FC Brazil, Mr. Audu advised the organizing committee to be united and treat all clubs equally so as to attract more viewers and participants in the future.
The meeting committed to exhibiting best conducts as well as abiding by established rules and regulations of the tournament.
What's up for the winner at the end of tournament is not yet disclosed. The kickoff and opening ceremony holds at 4: 00pm in the Maimusari football field.