Abia council acquires football club

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In a bid to empower youths in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia, the council has acquired a Division 2 club side in the Nigeria Nationwide League One (NNWL-1).

The Chairman of the council, Mr Hanson Amaechi, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday on the sidelines of his  visit to Mr Ebere Amaraizu, Director in-charge of South-East Zone of  NNWL-1 Board in Enugu.

He described the acquisition of Cannon FC of  Obingwa as an indication of the  positive developments underway in the   council under his watch.

According to the chairman, part of his youth  programmes include  development and empowerment of youths for  self reliance.

“The council acquired a football club to encourage the development of youths in sports.

“This would empower youths of Obingwa area to be positively engaged in sports in order  to attain  greater heights in life,’’ he said.

He  thanked Amaraizu for  his efforts  at acquiring the  football club, saying this would help develop  talents in the council area.

Amaechi  called on the council to rally round and ensure that the club got  the deserved attention as  Abia was  known for its exploits in  sports development.

NAN reports that the club is expected to commence screening of players on  Thursday  at the council secretariat at Mgboko.

It was also gathered that the management of Crime Busters FC, Enugu, had offered to assist with technical support for the new club.

NAN recalls that the NNWL-1 season would commence  on May 4 across the federation as approved by  its  congress  held on April 12 in Abuja.

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