By Chioma Ndife
Indomitable Lions of Obiuno in Obiuno Village, Ora-Eri, Aguata LGA, Anambra State has emerged winners of the 2019 Cyprian Abanofor’sunity cup organized and sponsored by Ora-Eristatesman, Chief Cyprian Abanofor.
The indomitable Lions of Obiuno became champions of the competition after defeating their opponent, Young Stars Obinri of Obieri Villiagein the first session of a penalty shot out in a compelling contest decided at Community Secondary School, Ora-eri on January 1, 2020. The Young Stars of Obinri went home with the silver Trophy after their defeat in the final games by the Indomitable Lions of Obiuno.
Fides gathered that the outstanding victory recorded by the Indomitable Lions of Obiuno at the 2019 Chief Cyprian Abanofor’s Foundation’s Cup made it about 6th timeof winning the foundations cup.
Speaking to Fides, the brain behind the yearly competition, Chief Cyprian Abanofor, recalled that he first donated the unity cup in 1987 and noted that the competition was aimed at promoting unity within the community, saying that football has a way of uniting enemies together. He reaffirmed his commitment towards sponsoring the competition, noting that so many progress has been recorded through the competition.
The sponsor, Chief Abanofor, congratulated the winners and charged them to keep the flag flying focusing their attention on how to improve on their skills. He tasked other teams whoever defeated at various points to add more effort, saying that the sky can only be their starting point.
On his part, the former councilor of Ora-Eri Ward, Hon. Andrew Ikpegbu, noted that the indigenes of Ora-Eri Community has benefited greatly from the unity cup as it has been breeding football stars that will take over the international stand in nearest future. He charged the youths to remain focused in all they do in order to help the stakeholders build a better society.
The foundations cup also witnessed the active participation of Ebenato Team that went home with Bronze Medal, Umueriofia and Umudiloe Village Team of Ora-Eri Community.