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.…….As Federal Ministry of Sports Development Endorses Competition……

The Central Organizing Committee (COC) of Nigeria’s biggest grassroot football spectacle, the Bayelsa Governor’s Football Tournament, tagged, the Prosperity Cup, has fixed Thursday 2nd, May, 2024 for the official draws and presentation of jerseys to participating teams.

About Two hundred teams comprising of the Male, Female and Para-Soccer teams, are expected to take part in the Season 6 of the tournament which has continued to receive global recognition, especially with players of Bayelsa origin now being scouted for both locally and internationally, due to the Prosperity Cup.

Last year, Crusaders Feeders FC of Peretorugbene beat De Grace FC of Yenagoa 4-3 via penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time in an encounter witnessed by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, Nigeria National League NNL Chairman Mr. George Aluo and other top officials of the NFF and NNL.

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Director General of the Tournament Mr. Ono Akpe in a statement on behalf of the COC, said the draws ceremony and presentation of jerseys to the various teams will take place at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, immediately after the weekly Prosperity Walk, and will be flagged off by His Excellency Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State.

The statement explains that the Bayelsa State Governor Senator Douye Diri is expected to be accompanied by his Deputy Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Federal and Sate Legislators, the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff Government House, Permanent Secretaries, Local Government Chairmen, and other top government functionaries, with the newly sworn in Commissioner for Ministry of Sports Development Hon. Daniel Igali as Chief Host.

According to him, all members of the COC, LOC and representatives of the various teams are expected to join the Prosperity Walk leading to the fun-filled ceremony.

In the meantime, the Federal Ministry of Sports Development have endorsed the Season six of Nigeria’s biggest grassroots football tournament christened the Prosperity Cup.

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The endorsement was contained in a letter signed by the permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Sports Development Mr Okeke Patrick on behalf of the Minister, Senator John Eno ahead of the kick-off of the tournament.

It notes that the need to endorse the spectacle became imperative due to the continuous growth of the tournament and the attention it had received since it’s inception, saying that the ministry is pleased to work hand in glove with the organizers, with the aim of giving the youths in Bayelsa a chance to nurture their dreams to reality.

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