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First Awka Diocesan Sports: Ekwulobia Region Wins Football, Awka Region, Volleyball

• President Jonathan, David Mark, Egwu, Governors Bag Awka Diocesan Sports Award
• DOSAD Honours Sports Promoters
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The finals of the first edition of the Directorate of Sports Awka Diocese’s (DOSAD’s) sports competition for the priests has ended with the priests of Ekwulobia Catholic Region defeating their counterparts of Awka Catholic Region with a 2-1 win to lift the gold trophy.
This was even as the priests of Awka Catholic Region defeated their Ekwulobia Region to lift the gold trophy for the volleyball.
The grand finale of the 2015 Awka Diocesan Priests Sports Competition which was held at the international-standard Neros Stadium, Nanka, Orumba North L.G.A, Anambra State on Saturday, June 27, 2015 featured presentation of various awards to some distinguished individuals by DOSAD, in recognition of their giant strides in sports development and commitment to sports promotion in Anambra State.
It also featured donations in support of the N200M Directorate of Sports Awka Diocese (DOSAD) sports and recreation projects.
Chief Sir Victor Umeh, OFR, the immediate past National Chairman of APGA, who sponsored the football competition, kicked-off the soccer which attracted over 20,000 spectators.
Rev Fr Patrick Okeke, the parish priest of St Paul’s Catholic Parish, Uga and Rev Fr Peter Ibeazor scored the first and the second goals respectively for the winning team, Ekwulobia Region, while the only goal of the losing team, Awka Region was scored by Rev Fr Damian Ogwata, the parish priest of St Anthony’s Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu.
Highlights of the events were presentation of the trophies to the first and second positions winners of the football and volleyball competitions as well as presentation of medals to the players and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions winners of the table tennis, badminton and lawn tennis. The trophies and medals presentations were done by the Awka Diocesan-born Catholic Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Most Rev Dr Peter Ebere Okpaleke and the sponsor of the football competition, Chief Sir Victor Umeh, OFR.
Earlier in his address, the Director of Sports, Awka Diocese, Rev Fr Coach Obinna Obiora Dike, thanked God for the grand finale of the grueling sports among priests in football, volleyball, table tennis, lawn tennis and badminton, which was flagged off on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at St Anthony’s Parish, Field, Nanka.
The director on behalf of DOSAD appreciated their hosts of St Anthony’s Parish, Nanka; AUSTICA Memorial College, Nanka; St Dominic Savio Seminary Akpu; Pope John Paul II Major Seminary, Okpuno; St Joseph’s Parish, Amesi; St John’s Parish, Neni; White Castle Hotel, Neni and Neros Stadium, Nanka for the facilities they provided free for the all important sports competition.
This was even as he commended Chief Sir Victor Umeh, OFR, who gave a full sponsorship fee of N3M to the football, Sen. Chris Ngige, who pledged N1M for the sponsorship of the lawn tennis and has paid N500, 000, Sen. Annie Okonkwo, who agreed to host the volleyball and Hon. Val Ayika, who took the sponsorship of the table tennis for their philanthropic gesture.
On the award, the director said that the directorate through the various awards intends to encourage people of goodwill who have invested in sports. He announced that in line with one of the DOSAD’s aims of building up people through sports, the Directorate would in its annual award starting from December 2015, recognize and honour more people who have invested in sports.
Rev Fr Coach Dike appealed for donations in support of the N200M DOSAD projects, saying that the directorate was in dire need of fund for a bus/ van for mobility/ training; project monitoring vehicle for sites; refurbishing of the bishops’ worn-out lawn tennis court at Okpuno, refurbishing of courts at Nanka; office complex; special gym/ massage centre for priests peculiarities and kick starting of schools / sports academies in September 2015, among others.
Coach Dike, who is a trained grade one football coach, a referee, a sports journalist, a sports psychologist, a sports educationist, a sports administrator and a professional masseur, said that DOSAD through its seven departments of DOSAD Office/Consultancy Centre, DOSAD Tours, DOSAD Fitness Centre, DOSAD Academy, DOSAD Mobile Coaching / Training Unit, DOSAD Shops / Rentals and DOSAD Recreation, engages in a world of sports and ensures that every individual benefits from sports which is a journey towards wellness.
The chairman of the local organizing committee of the 2015 priests’ sports competition, Rev Fr Francis Chidume in his address, commended the priests for their enthusiastic participation and maturity throughout the games that were played according to FIFA rules.
The results / medal classification for the sports competition included:
Football: 1st Position- Ekwulobia Region; 2nd Position - Awka Region; 3rd Position - Adazi Region.
Volleyball: 1st Position - Awka Region; 2nd Position - Ekwulobia Region; 3rd Position -Adazi Region.
Table Tennis (Singles: 28-38 Years):
1st Position- Ekwulobia Region - Rev Fr Anthony Muo.
2nd Position - Adazi Region - Rev Fr Christian Ononiba.
3rd Position - Akpu Region - Rev Fr Nobert Aginam.

Table Tennis (Singles: 39-50Years):
1st Position - Ekwulobia Region - Rev Fr Paul Dimude.
2nd Position - Adazi Region - Rev Fr Martin Anyabolu.
3rd Position - Awka Region - Rev Fr Kizito Agha.

Table Tennis (Singles: 51 Years & above):
1st Position - Ekwulobia Region - Rev Fr Paul Dimude.
2nd Position - Adazi Region - Rev Fr Peter Val Uzoezie.

Table Tennis (Double: 28-38 Years):
1st Position: Adazi Region - Rev Fr Christian Ononiba and Rev Fr Celestine Aninye
2nd Position: Ekwulobia Region - Rev Fr Anthony Muo and Rev Fr Justin Ezechukwu
3rd Position: Akpu Region - Rev Fr Norbert Aginam and Rev Fr Joseph Obianuo.

Table Tennis (Double: 39-50 Years):
1st Position: Adazi Region - Rev Fr Martin Anyabolu and Rev Fr Joseph Okonkwo.
2nd Position: Awka Region - Rev Fr Kizito Agha and Rev Fr Callistus Igwenagu.
3rd Position: Ekwulobia Rev Fr Colman Onuegbu and Rev Fr Paul Dimude.

Lawn Tennis (Singles: 28-38 Years):
1st Position: Ekwulobia Region - Rev Fr Peter Ibeazor.
2nd Position: Awka Region - Rev Fr John Paul Chukwuelobe.
3rd Position: Akpu Region - Rev Fr Peter Paul Aginam.

Lawn Tennis (Singles: 39-50 Years):
1st Position: Adazi Region - Rev Fr Hillary BenEzenwa.
2nd Position: Awka Region - Rev Fr Augustine Oguine.
3rd Position: Rev Fr Festus Okoye.

Lawn Tennis (Double: 28-38 Years):
1st Position: Ekwulobia Region -Rev Fr Peter Ibeazor and Rev Fr Kevin Ezemmaduka.
2nd Position: Awka Region - Rev Fr John Paul Chukwuelobe and Rev Fr Cyril Chukwuma.
3rd Position: Adazi Region - Rev Fr Emmanuel Oformata and Rev Fr Ephraim Igwilo.

Lawn Tennis (Double: 39-50 Years):
1st Position: Awka Region - Rev Fr Michael Muonwe and Rev Fr Paul Chimezie.
2nd Position: Adazi Region - Rev Fr Hillary BenEzenwa, Rev Fr Ephraim Igwilo and Rev Fr Bartholomew Onourah.
3rd Position: Ekwulobia Region - Rev Fr Herbert Ezeji and Rev Fr Festus Okoye.

Lawn Tennis (Double: 51 Years and above):
1st Position: Ekwulobia Region- Rev Fr Paul Dimude and Rev Fr Herbert Ezeji
2nd Position: Adazi Region - Rev Fr Peter Val Uzoezie, Rev Fr Bartholomew Onuorah and Rev Fr Anthony Udogu.
3rd Position: Akpu Region- Rev Fr Linus Ibekwe and Rev Fr Emmanuel Okpala
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Rev Fr Philip Zoba Obinwata of Awka Region won the prize for the highest goal scorer; he scored six goals in the tournament. Rev Fr Paul Dimude of Ekwulobia Region, who is the Chief Chaplain of St Augustine’s Catholic Chaplaincy, Federal Polythechnic, Oko, emerged the highest decorated player with five medals.
Three players of Awka Region- Rev Fr Emmanuel Umezinwa of Music Department, UNIZIK, Awka; Rev Fr Christian Umeojilinnaka, the chief chaplain of St Joseph the Worker’s Catholic Chaplaincy, UNIZIK, Awka and Rev Fr Damian Ogwata, the parish priest of St Anthony’s Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, with Rev Fr Augustine Onyebuchi of Ekwulobia Region, who is the parish priest of St Paul’s Parish, Akpo, won the prizes for veteran footballers.
DOSAD special award recipients were the immediate past Nigerian President, His Excellency Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was given a Friend of Sport in Nigeria Award, in recognition of his favourable disposition towards sports, which contributed to the feats recorded in sports during his tenure; the immediate past Nigerian Senate President, Senator David Mark, who was given an Award of Excellence in Sports Diplomacy, in recognition of his active interolay in facilitating sports policies in Nigeria and the former Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Sam Egwu, who was given an Award of Excellence in Conflict Resolution/ Mediation in Sports, in recognition of his subtle intervention in settling sports disputes.
Those for state ambassadors of sports award were His Excellency, Dr Emmanuel Uduagha, former Governor of Delta State; His Excellency, Sullivan Chime, former Governor of Enugu State; His Excellency, Chief Rochas Okorocha, Executive Governor of Imo State; His Excellency, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State; His Excellency, Godwill Akpabio, former Governor of Akwaibom State; His Excellency, Olusegun Mimiko, former Governor of Ondo State; His Excellency, Rabin Kwakwankso of Kano State and His Excellency, Dr Peter Odili, former Governor of Rivers State.
Also were His Excellency, Rotimi Amaechi, immediate past Governor of Rivers State; His Excelleny, Babatunde Fashola, immediate past Governor of Lagos State; His Excellency, Comrade Adams Oshimhole of Edo State; Senator Obinna Ogba of Ebonyi State; His Excellency Chief Peter Obi, CON, immediate past Governor of Anambra State; His Excellency Chief Theodore Orji, immediate past Governor of Abia State; His Excellency Bukola Saraki of Kwara State and His Excellency Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State.
Those who were honoured as DOSAD patrons were His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, Executive Governor of Anambra State; Chief Sir Victor Umeh, OFR, immediate past National Chairman of APGA; Senator Dr Chris Ngige, OON; Senator Annie Okonkwo; Hon. Valentine Ayika; Chief Sir Anthony Enukeme, KSJI, C.E.O, Tonimas Ltd and HRH Igwe Sir Charles Ezeudogu, Onwa Ichida.
The awardees for award of excellence in sports promotion were Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka (Ogirisi Igbo), C.E.O Of Rojenny Sports / Recreation Complex; Chief Gabriel Chukwuma of Beverly Hills Sports/ Recreation Complex; Chief Poly Ike Emenike (MON), C.E.O of Neros Sports Complex and Neros Pharmaceutical; Dr Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah of Ifeanyi Ubah FC and Senator Dr. Andy Uba, MFR, Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District.
Those for sports/ club promoters award in Anambra State included Chief Uzo Epundu of Obosi United Football Club; Barr. Odili Ikpeazu of Ikpeazu Football Club; Chief Oscar Udoji of Udoji United Football Club and Late Chief Jude Ezechukwu of Jasper United Football Club. Others were Dr Ifedi Okwenna of FC Omam; Prince Mike Mbaezue of Jimbaz Football Club; Chief Joe Amene of Niger Babes FC and Dr Sir Ernest Obiejesi.
The DOSAD awardees for sports promoters in Anambra State included Rev Fr Peter Hillen, SAC; Senator Uche Ekwunife (Iyom), Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District; HRM Igwe Peter N. Anugwu, Ezeukwu Mbaukwu; HRM Igwe Romanu N. Ilo, Ise Nise; Hon. Chris Azubuogu; Hon. Dr Ikechukwu Umenwa, member, representing Aguata I Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly; Hon. Ikem Uzoezie, member representing Aguata II Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly; Chief C.C. Amuzie and Barr. Sir J.B.C. Obikwelu;
Also were Dr. Chinenye Okonkwo of Nneoma Maternity, Ekwulobia, Anambra State; Senator Stella Oduah, Senator, representing Anambra North Senatorial District; Chief Sir Charles Omalu; Chief Sir Tony Okeke, KSJI (Ichie Abataelie N’Enugwu-Ukwu); Chief Mike Nkwocha; Sir Anthony Udennaka; Mr. Victor Nwangwu and Mr. Olisa Aniunoh.
The sports promoters’ award recipients also included Chief Dr Okwudili Ezenwankwo (Ewepudike of Nanka); Sir Vincent Otikpa; Sir Raph Uzoezie; Mr. Joseph Umudu; Sir Afam Ibekwe; Chief Patrick Chidolue, C.E.O Chelsea Hotel, Abuja; Chief Vincent Obianodo; Hon. Charles Ezeani and Hon. Ejike Okechukwu.
Also were Hon. Engr. Ikeobi Ejiofor; Chief Lawrence Obianodo; Chief Ikenna Okafor (Dikenemereoramma); Engr Paul Enidom, C.E.O of Paul B- Ltd; Chief Boniface Egbutu (Ogene Nise); Dr Hygers Igwebuike; Chief Obiorah Ulasi; Catechist & Mrs. Sylvester Ezenwata; Mr. & Mrs. Uche Umeigwilo and Hon. & Mrs. Onyeka Ezika (Peace & Love).
They also included Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Prof. Fidelis Okafor, Vice Chancellor, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State; Prof. Sir Josephat Ogbuagu (KSM), Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze; Dr Ego Uzoezie, Provost, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe and Prof. Godwin Onu, former Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Oko.
Other were Brig. Gen. Godfrey N. Muotolu, KSJI, Grand President, KSJI, Awka Grand Commandery; Barr. Mrs. Nkechi Mbah (Ada Anaocha); Hon. Chudi Ofodile (Awolo Awka); Chief Sir Simeon Eyisi, C.E.O. Sims Electronics; Chief Titus Anigbogu, C.E.O, Orthon Palace Hotels; Chief Jude Onyebuchi; Mr. Sunday Nnoli; Mr. Gozie Onuzulike; Mr. Emeka Nnoli; Chief Ugonabo; Hon. Linus Ezenwamma; Ichie Bonny Ezeaka; Chief C.U. Mbaji and Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo (Onye Ndozi).
Still among the sports promoters’ award recipients were Rt. Hon. Anayo Nnebe (Ichele Dike Ora), member, representing Awka North/ South Federal Constituency; Dr. & Mrs. Josephat Akabuike, Anambra State Commissioner for Health; Hon. Nnamdi Okafor, member representing Awka South I Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly; Hon. Austin Meko; Mr.& Mrs. Anayo Okafor; Oliver Chuks Ezeobi; Chief Sir Victor Nwankwo; Chief Edwin Ezue; Prof. Paul Muo and Prof. Oby C.N. Okonkwor.
They also included Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji, Executive Chairman, Aguata L.G.A; Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, C.E.O, Ezeemo Charity Trust Ltd; Chief Innocent Nweke; Hon. Romanus Obi, member representing Orumba North Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly; Hon. Okey Enekwe, Executive Chairman, Orumba North L.G.A; Hon. Ben Nwankwo; Hon. Emeka Onuorah, Executive Chairman, Njikoka L.G.A; Hon. Barr. Lawrence Ezeudu and Hon. Chukwudi Okeke.

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