Meet Footballer, Handballer, Athelete, Academician

-All in One – Fidelis Onuchukwu

However, in 1966, due to pogrom, the Eastern Regional Team did not go to defend the Cup she won in 1965, but simply relinquished it to the Federal Football Authorities.

I finished my Higher School Course in 1966 and in early 1967, I secured employment to teach at St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Emene Enugu. But no sooner had I started work then than the Biafra-Nigeria war broke out in mid 1967. In my youthful exuberance, I enlisted into the Biafra Army in defence of my fatherland. During the war, I sustained a leg injury that was to seriously affect my participation in my main sport later.

Immediately after the war, I rejoined the staff of my afore-mentioned school as a Chemistry and Biology tutor as well as function as the Game- master of the school.

In 1974/75 academic session, I applied and gained admission at the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, to study Health and Physical Education (Health Education and Human Kinetics).

I represented Anambra State in the 1973, 75 and, 77 National Sports Festival in Handball and Athletics.

At the University, I actively participated in sports and was awarded the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Intramural Sports Programme Certificate for participating in inter-Hall (Soccer) 1974/75 session. (Vide Appendix 3 herewith enclosed).

I hold H.A.P.E.S.A Health and Physical Education Students Association University of Ngeria Nsukka Certificate of merit and Honour as Dean’s Hons. Student 1975/76 Result. (Vide Appendix 4 herewith enclosed).

During the Students’ Union Election in the 1976/77 session, I was unanimously elected unopposed as the Captain of Games of the University of Nigeria (U.N.N), Nsukka and Director of Games of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC). (Vide Appendices 5 and 6 herewith enclosed).

Owing to the leg injury I sustained during the war, I was constrained to shift from my main sport, football to Handball. As a stunch member of the University of Nigeria (U.N.N), Nsukka Handball team, I had to galvanize our team members to very serious training and practice sessions that culminated into our team wining Gold Medal at the 1976 Nigeria Universities Games (N.U.G.A), held at the University of Ibandan, Oyo State. (Vide Appendices 7 and 8 herewith enclosed).

In 1977,1 captained the University of Nigeria (U.N.N), Nsukka sports team to the Zonal Eliminations of the West Africa Universities Games (W.A.U.G), held at the University Ife3Ile-Ife as well as represented my University in Handball and Athletics events at the Games. (Vide Appendices 9 and 10 herewith enclosed).

I hold the Isa Kaita Hall University of Nigeria, Nsukka Certificate of Meritorious Service as member of Soccer team 1977/78 session. (Vide Appendix 11 herewith enclosed).

I hold the Isa Kaita Hall University of Nigeria, Nsukka Certificate of meritorious service as member Handball team 1977/78 session (Vide Appendix 12 herewith enclosed).

I hold the Isa Kaita Hall University of Nigeria, Nsukka certificate of meritorious service as member volleyball team 1977/78 session (Vide Appendix 13 herewith enclosed).

I was a recipient of the Nigeria School Sport Federation (N.S.S.F) Award Certificate of participation in the 1999 National Secondary Schools Games “Lagos 99” as Anambra State Official in 1999. (Vide Appendix 14 herewith enclosed).

SUCCESSES RECORDED AS A COACH/GAMES-MASTER

I had a natural coaching potential and flair so that when I was appointed the Games-master of St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Emene, Enugu, that gave me ample opportunity to praticalize my in-born tendency. I drew my sports training schedule, which was incorporated into the general school time-table. Early morning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays were for road-walk with the students.

From 4.30 to 6.30pm in the evenings of same days were ear-marked for football training/ practices, while from 4.30 to 6.30pm in the evenings of Tuesdays and Thursdays were scheduled for the training/ practice of the student athletes. It was a very serious offence for student-boarders not to participate in the early morning road-walk just as it was for football players and the athletes to absent themselves from their training/practice session in the evenings without my express permission or cogent reason(s).

Then, I had to take the student-boarders on morning road-walk from Emene to Abakpa Nike junction in Enugu and back to school. On coming back, I drilled them in some physical fitness exercises to put them in a state of psychological and physiological state of readiness for any academic eventualities, before dismissing them to go and prepare for classes.

Inspite of all these, I made sure that the students and I attended school morning assemblies on time. All these devices helped to increase the students’ body physical fitness status besides enhancing the disciplinary tone of the school and invariably making the school the first among equals (primus inter paris).

Before starting evening practice/ training sessions, I would make the players and athletes run round the field thrice or four times and immediately after completing the rounds, I would subject them to some physical exercises to condition them for the task ahead. After that, I would introduce a particular skill, technique, formation, tactics or strategy to be learnt, depending on sport.

Each player or athlete would try it a number of times in a slow motion. Subsequently, the training practice would start in earnest. As they practiced, I would stop the training / practice to correct any fault I noticed. Then, the session would continue.

The football coaching course I underwent in 1974, organized by Mr. Heinz Marotske, the then National Football Coach at the Enugu Stadium, after which, I was awarded the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Intermediate Football Coaching Certificate, actually sharpened my wits and proficiency in coaching soccer. (Vide Appendices 15 and 16 herewith enclosed).

For instance, the skills, techniques, formations, strategies and tactics I inculcated into my football players after the football coaching course culminated into my football team, led by Kelvin Onwana, whose terrific and ground level shots mesmerized opponent goal-keepers into fumbling, winm* for keeps, a giant football cup, donated by the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, for a Convocation Football Match slated between the two highly rated school football teams in the then East Central State viz- St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Emene, Enugu and the Holy Ghost College, Owerri.

During my National Youth Service Corps Primary Assignment at the then Bendel State, I successfully raised and coached a primary school football team in preparation for a local Government Area Primary Schools Sports Competitions. Though the team did not lift the trophy at stake, yet it exhibited a lot of soccer artistry that thrilled the spectators that watched their matches.

Also, during our passing our parade as corpers, at the Col. Samuel Ogbomudia Stadium, Benin City, I, because of my coaching potentials , was selected among other fellow Corper Contestants, as the overall Commander of the Corpers’ Passing Out Parade, which was reviewed by the then Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier Waziri Ibrahim of the Nigeria Army (Vide Appendices 17, 18 and 19 herewith enclosed).

Having served our my term as a corper, I was posted to the Teacher Training College, Eha-Amufu, where I worked as Head of Department of Health and Physical Education, Games-Master and Coach. Later, I was transferred to the Teachers Training College, Nsukka, where I also served as a Head of Department of Health and Physical Education, Games-master and Coach.

In these two Colleges, I replicated all I did at St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Emene, Enugu in terms of preparing schedules for morning road- walk, sports training and practice sessions which were followed meticulously to maximum advantages to the students in particular and to the respective colleges in general. I groomed and nurtured the students to stardom in readiness for their respective State and National colleges sports competitions.

As the Chairman of the Sports Committee and Technical Adviser to Isingwu Progressive Union (IPU) from 2005 to 2010 and as the Oraifite Improvement Union (OIU) Technical Adviser to Oraifite Central Football Team from 2010 to 2014, 1 prepared training/practice schedules which we followed in grooming and nurturing the players to the next level of performance.

SUCCESSES RECORDED AS A REFEREE/ UMPIRE As a successful referee, I am a holder of Anambra State Football Referees Grade Three (3) Certificate 1983 (Vide Appendix 20 herewith enclosed). A holder of Anambra State Sports Council Grade three (3) Basketball Referee Certificate 1984. (Vide Appendix 21 herewith enclosed). Also a holder of Nigeria (Football) Referees Association Grade two (2) certificate 1999. (Vide Appendix 22 herewith enclosed).

A holder of Nigeria (Football) Referees Association Grade one (1) certificate 2001. (Vide Appendix 23 herewith enclosed).

A holder of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria Certificate in the Basic Technical Officiating Course 2004. (Vide Appendix 24 herewith enclosed).

A holder of International Olympic Committee Certificate of Participation in the Olympic Day Run 2001. (Vide Appendix 25 herewith enclosed).

A holder of International Olympic Committee Certificate of participation in the Olympic Day Run 2010. (Vide Appendix 26 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while judging the School children’s March-pat during one of the National Day Celebrations at Dr. Alex Ekwueme square, Awka. (Vide Appendix 27, herewith enclosed). A photograph taken while judging the school children’s march-past during one of the children’s May Day Celebrations at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka. (Vide Appendix 28 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while judging the School children’s March-past during another National Day Celebration. (Vide Appendix 29 herewith enclosed).

SUCCESSES RECORDED AS A SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR / ORGANIZER

This is a photograph taken while I was being sworn in as the Captain of Games of the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, by the Legal Adviser of the Students’ Union, Prof. Nwogwugwu 1976/77 session. (Vide Appendix 30 herewith)

A photograph taken as Captain of Games of University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka in my office, while discussing with the Assistant Secretary of the Students’ Union, Mr. Gabriel Emejeamara in 1976/77 session. (Vide Appendix 31 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while Eze Ogo Uwana, Afikpo and one-time Governor of Eastern Nigeria, Sir Akanu F. Ibiam was donating a Giant Cup for U.N.N Sports to Prof. J.O.C Ezeilo, a one-time Vice Chancellor of (UNN), Nsukka, flanked by the caption of Games (UNN), Nsukka, Onuchukwu F.C IN 1976/77 session. (Vide Appendix 32 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while I, Director of Sports Development Department of the State Education Commission Headquarters, Awka, was delivering lecture during a sports workshop at Nnamdi Azikiwe Secondary School, Abagana. (Vide Appendix 33 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while I was delivering a paper during sports officers and Game masters/mistress workshop at St. Mary’s High School, Ifitedunu. (Vide Appendix 34 herewith enclosed).

A photograph tak|p during a sports training/ workshop at the Rojenny Games Village, Oba Sports Officers, coaches, Game Master and Mistresses of PostgJtijTjiary Schools in Anambra State preparatory to a National Secondary Sports Competition. (Vide Appendix 35 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken immediately after the sports training/ workshop at the Rojenny Games Village, Oba (Vide Appendix 36 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while addressing the Anambra State Football Referee prior to one of the State Finals of the Secondary SCHOOL Sports Competitions. (Vide Appendix 37 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken when I, the Director, Sports Development Department of the State Education Commission Headquarters, Awka, represented our one-time chairman of the Commission, Late Bishop Simon A. Okafor, then a Monsignor, at the Inter House Sports of Girls Secondary School, Uli. (Vide Appendix 38 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken when football players or one of the State finals of the Secondary Schools Sports were being introduced to Col. Mike Attah, the one-time Military Governor of Anambra State while I was accompanying him. (Vide Appendix 39 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while the one-time Deputy Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Osita Ezenwa was taking salute as the students March-past during the State Finals of one of our Secondary Schools Sports. (Vide Appendix 40 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken when the football players of the State Finals of one of our Secondary Schools Sports were being introduced to the one-time Deputy Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Osita Ezenwa, while I was accompanying him. (Vide Appendix 41 herewith enclosed).

The authenticated results of our 1977 to 1991 National Secondary, Teacher Training and Technical Colleges Sports competitions are herewith enclosed. (Vide Appendix 42 (a and b).

The authenticated results on our 1977 to 1990 International Secondary Schools Sports Competitions are herewith enclosed (Vide Appendix 42c).

A recipient of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka chapter of Oraifite Students’ Union Certificate of Merit Award as president 1975/76 and Financial Secretary of the Union 1976/77 sessions. (Vide Appendix 43 herewith enclosed).

A recipient of the commendation letter for Excellent Teaching from the State Education Commission Headquarters, Enugu ‘old’ Anambra State in 1983. (Vide Appendix 44 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken during one of the National Secondary Schools Sports Competitions at the Gateway International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode Abeokuta.(Vide Appendices 45 (a, b and c) herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while the then Chairman of the State Education Commission, Dr. (Mrs.) Stella N. Ikediugwu as Guest of Honour, was presenting a Cup to the Captain of the Female Victorious football team, during the closing ceremony of one of the State finals of the Secondary Schools Sports competitions as a watched attentively. (Vide Appendix 46 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken as a Guest of Honour during the opening ceremony of the Inter-Hall Football Competition of Paul University, Awka as the players were being introduced to me in 2014. (Vide Appendix 47 herewith enclosed).

A photograph taken while I was performing the kick-off to kick-start the Inter-Hall football competition at Paul University, Awka in 2014. (Vide Appendix 48 herewith enclosed).

I was the secretary of Nsukka Footbal Referee Society from 1983 to 1985. I was the coordinator of ‘old” Anambra State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ANAPHER. SD), Nsukka Zone from 1983 to 1985.1 was the coordinator of the ‘old’ Anambra State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ANAPHER. SD), Enugu zone from 1985 to 1991.

I was an ex-officio Institutional member of the then Board of the Anambra State Sports Council from 1991 to 1998, representing the Board of the then State Education Commission as provided for in Edict 1977, establishing the then Anambra State Sports Council. (Vide Appendices 49 a and b herewith enclosed). I was the Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Association of Athletic Technical’s  Officials (N.A.T.O) from 1996 to 2012.1 was a one-time Editor one (1) and writer of Editorials in the ANSEC Mirror, A House Magazine, published Quarterly by the State Education Commission Headquarters, Awka from 2001 to 2003.

I was the secretary of the Nigeria Association of Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (NAPHER.SD), Anambra State chapter from 2003 to 2012.

I was duly elected the substantive chairman of the Nigeria School Sports Federation (N.S.S.F), Anambra State chapter from 2005 upto my retirement from the State Service in 2006.

SUCCESSES RECORDED AS A CHURCH/ SOCIAL MOBILIZER

I was a recipient of the Nigeria Federation of Catholic Students University of Nigeria, Nsukka Certificate of Meritorious service as Hall leader of Isa Kaita. (Vide Appendix 50 herewith enclosed).

I was the Chairman, Recording Committee, Harvest and Bazaar, St. Martins Hill-Top Parish, Abagana;

President Laity Counci

Chairman, Justice, Development and Peace Committee;

Member, Finance Committee;

Member, Parish Council and;

Member, Abagana Catholic Central Council all from 1996 to 2001. (Vide Appendix 51 herewith enclosed).

I was the Chairman of St. Raphael’s Zone (for Non-indigenes) of St. Martin’s Hill-Top Parish, Abagana from 1996-2001. I was a recipient of CWO Y2K Honours Award of PATRON of CWO of St. Martin’s Hill-Top Parish, Abagana in 2000. (Vide Appendix 52 herewith enclosed). I was the Chairman of St. Martin’s Zone (for non-indigenes) of St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, Nibo from 2006 to 2009. I was a member of the Parish Council of St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, Nibo from 2006 to 2009.

I was a recipient of Certificate of Commendation from St. Theresa Catholic Church and Sancta Maria Primary School, Nibo in 2008. (Vide Appendix 53 herewith enclosed).