Fr Chukwuelobe Wins Silver, as Fr Ibeazor Claims Gold
By Princess Chinecherem Efobi
The Barr Sir Anthony Agbasiere DOSAD/DOSCADEK Tennis championship came to a boom conclusion Saturday July 31,2021 at the St Patrick Cathedral Tennis Court, Awka.
The enthralling finale saw Fr Peter Ibeazor once again clinching the singles trophy with a 2:1 victory over a dogged Fr John Paul Chukwuelobe, the school manager of St. Theresa’s Secondary School, Enugwu Ukwu who won the silver in Single’s Tournament.
The sponsor of the tournament Barr Sir Agbasiere was in his regular element, and was accompanied by a celebrated comedian M C Exegetive.
Veteran tennis Fr Hilary- Ben Ezenwa and Tennis President Fr Cosmas Okafor led the retinue of priests that included medalists and contestants, of course not forgetting the DOSAD director Fr Obinna Dike.
Trophies and prize money were given in an atmosphere of recreation and mingle. As the tournament sponsor made sure more than the five hundred thousand Naira sponsorship money flowed, various priests provided enough to eat, drink and make merry.
In his speech, the tournament sponsor, Barr Agbasiere said the tournament came as a product of chance discussion with Frs Chukwuelobe, Ibekwe, Ibeazor ,Andrew and John Okoro, at a tennis tournament organised in his honour months back.
He expressed his joy at the good atmosphere the priests tournament generated, and said he was privileged to be so honoured by annointed men of God like Catholic priests. He announced that he would sponsor the 2022 tournament that would involve Tennis, Badminton and Table Tennis with the sum of one million Naira.
He appreciated the DOSAD director, Fr Obinna Dike for thanking him for his efforts to assist a football player of DOSAD , who trains equally with his recreation team Pope John Paul FC Okpuno, with his travel to pursue his carrier abroad.
The celebrity Barrister as popularly called enjoined all to help people when in need, as timely response to peoples ‘ challenges created a lot of positivity for humanity.
In his victory speech after winning the singles trophy, Rev Fr Peter Ibeazor dedicated the trophy to the good people of his parish Ezinator and all the towns under the parish for always placing God to carry them on.
Both the tennis president and Captain Frs Okafor and Chukwuelobe all appreciated the clergy, religious and lay faithful that graced the occasion.
LIST OF PRIESTS WINNERS
1ST: FR PETER IBEAZO
2ND: FR JOHN PAUL CHUKWUELOBE
3RD: REV FR ANDREW ONUJE
4TH: REV JOHN OKOLO
QUARTER FINALISTS: REV FRS PETER PAUL ANYIAM, COSMAS OKAFOR, CYRIACUS OGBUKA and ALEX OKOLI.
1ST: FRS MICHAEL MUONWE AND EMMANUEL DURU
2ND: FRS ANTHONY EZENNAKA AND FESTUS OKOYE
3RD: FRS HILARY-BEN EZENWA AND PAUL CHIMEZIE
4TH: FRS EMMANUEL OFOMATA AND OBINNA DIKE
FRS HILARY OKWUNALU, NWUDE , AUGUSTINE OGUINE, JUSTIN EZECHUKWU, EPHRAIM IGWILO, PIO-ANTHONY OKAFOR, PAUL DIMUDE AND MICHAEL-JUDE NWAJIOBI.
(Additional report by Fr Obinna Dike)