The government of Delta State is proud of the recent football feast in which the state hosted three international matches within five days.
The Super Eagles took on Seychelles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on March 22 and after recording a 3-0 win, the U-23 team also engaged Libya in an AFCON qualifiers for that cadre on March 25. The team won 4-0 to move on in its quest to feature at the football event of the Olympics games next year in Tokyo.
On March 26, the Super Eagles piped Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 in an international friendly encounter also at the same venue.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa after the U-23 team’s victory said the state would always supports sports development. He noted that grassroots development was also prevalent in the state and that was why it was easy to host the matches within short notice.
Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie told journalists that the ‘football feast’ had justified the position of Delta as the leading state in sports.
Ebie said: “Our governor is passionate about sports and that is why we could do this effortlessly. It is good for the state because, we have shown that we are good enough to stage international sports events. The Stephen Keshi Stadium hosted athletics last year without problem and now three big football matches within five days. We are so proud about this.
“Next week, we will also host the final of the Principals’ Cup for secondary schools, which is a developmental event. At the last two editions of the National Sports Festival, our athletes emerged overall first on the medals table and these are enough to exhibit our strength in sports.”