Amike Team have won the 2022/2023 Orlu LGA Unity Cup.

In a scintillating football match played on Sunday, January 29, Amike Team defeated Orlu Team by two goals to one.

Speaking with newsmen, the sponsor of the tournament, Comrade Dr. Mrs. Justina Ekene Akwuaka-Akwaja, said the tournament was part of her modest efforts towards sports development in Orlu Council Area.

Akwaja, who is the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for Orlu State Constituency in the March 11 House of Assembly election, noted that the tournament was organized for the 36 communities in Orlu LGA and expressed satisfaction that it recorded huge success.

The APGA candidate urged the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma to beam searchlight towards sports and sporting facilities in Orlu LGA, so as to further encourage young men and women to participate in sports.

She opined that deploying resources would make sports in the area very attractive, and as such, restiveness will reduce tremendously.

She affirmed that nothing unites people more than sports apart from GOD in worship.

“The game is played to remind us all that we are basically one and that the peace, unity and upliftment of each other and our communities irrespective must remain sacrosanct in the spirit of APGA’s motto of onye aghala nwanneya”.

She appreciated participating communities and those who played various roles towards the success of the tournament, especially His Majesty; Dr. Patrick Acholonu – the Igwe of Orlu, traditional rulers of Amike, Umuowa, Umuna, Umudioka, Umutanze, Owerre Ebeiri, Obibi-Ochasi, Amaifeke, Ihioma among many others, while hoping for better performances and opportunities in the 2023/2024 edition.

Akwaja promised that when elected, she will host the tournament on annual basis to enable her harvest more talents and send them Overseas to compete with their peers.

The grand finale of the tournament which held at School 1, BSC Road, Orlu Gedegwu, had many dignitaries and spectators in attendance.

Umudioka Team had on Saturday, defeated Umuowa Team through a spot kick to emerge third in the tournament.

Isa of Orlu Team emerged Best Player of the tournament.

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