The Anambra state Football Association Chairman has assured that All is set and the state is 90 percent ready as we get closer to the opening ceremony of the first ever Solution Community Shield 2023. Gen Chikelue Iloenyosi made this known in a tripathi Press conference involving the FA, the Anambra State Sports Development Commission and the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) at the main bowl of Awka City stadium.
Iloenyosi appreciated the governor for deeming it fit to approve the competition within the shortest time and opined that the competition is in line with his Football development program.
*“I want to first of all thank His Excellency, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for approving this tournament, this shows that our governor is sports and football inclined. Special commendation will go to the Sports commission Chairman Hon. Estate Onyedum and the PG of all PGs in our state, my good friend Barr. Titus Akpudo (Ichaka). This tournament falls within my football development program and I assure the whole of Anambra state that this will be a special competition.*
The Chairman Anambra State Sports Development Commission, Mr Estate Onyedum while speaking at the press briefing express satisfaction on progress of the preparation while assuring football stakeholders that the goals of the competition are many.
“For us at the State Sports commission, these are the type of programs that we easily identify with. And this coming from the state government makes it even more easier to identify with. Like we know, previously we used to play the Governor’s Cup in the past, but under our brilliant governor we went with the caption Solution Community Shield Championship that will involve all 179 communities in the state. I want to say this now, we have a team already set up to pick players that we will add to the state team, the Solution FC. With all these bodies involved, especially the experience of Mr Iloenyosi the FA Chairman, I am sure that Anambrarians will be happy about this tournament. We encourage as many towns as possible to pick their forms and start preparation as this tournament is the survival of footballing fittest. It promises to be great.
The President of Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) Barr Titus Akpudo emphasized that their major interest is the gains of this competition which is community based. He disclosed that mobilisation has been difficult but they are pulling through.
“Every government is born out of a community setting. That is the fact. For us being part of this championship, our major interest is the gains of this competition which is community based, entities that we represent at ASATU. This competition will foster peace and unity among different towns in the state of which with the capacity of the FA Chairman and Sports commission many boys from different communities will be picked to help further their careers. Normally we are supposed to be my direct boss the Commissioner of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Unions affairs is unavailable absent, such is the magnitude of this competition. Be rest assured of the support of all the 179 President Generals of ASATU as we expect a hitch-free competition. I also want to urge the Sports commission and FA to start this competition on time next year so as to give it publicity that it deserves. But for now, the stage is set as I wish all communities the best of luck.”
The opening ceremony of Solution Community Shield will happen on Sunday 8th of October at Awka City stadium and run till the second week of November. It will start in the Local Government levels before we get to the state levels to crown the very best of teams. The winning team will go home with #2,000,000 while losing finalists will get #1,000,000 for their effort. There are honors for Most Valuable Player, best goalkeeper, coach and top scorer of the competition.