*As Osmond expresses satisfaction with standard
By Olaoluwa Aro
As the Niger State Governor’s Cup slides into the quarter final, it is commendable that the turn out of the citizenry of the host local government (Mokwa) for the tourney has been massive as workers, dwellers, settlers keep their usual activity aside to catch a glimpse of the proceedings.
Speaking to the residents, some salespersons, who are based in the host city, Mokwa said: ‘before the commencement of the governor’s cup competition activities in the community are usually on a low key, but since we got the hosting right of this prestigious competition many of us decided to step up our activity as it would bring economic gains to us” they revealed.
Meanwhile, the quarter finalists have emerged in the process. Those that qualified include Agaie LG, Katcha LG, Paikoro LG, Tafa LG, Chanchaga LG, Bida LG, Suleja LG and the host, Mokwa LG.
The pairings indicate that Mokwa LG will face Tafa LG. Chanchaga LG will square it up against Bida LG. The matches will be played at School of Agriculture Mokwa Football field.
While Suleja LG will face Agaie LG, Katcha LG will face Paikro LG. However, the quarter final matches will be decided on Monday at the two venues: Hakimi Secondary School field and the School of Agriculture both in Mokwa. The matches will be played 8:00am and 10:00 am respectively
In another breath, member of this year’s Niger Governor’s Cup Main Organising Committee, Mr Adamu Osmond believes that the standard of the game has gone down but efforts must be put in place to lift the game back. He said the organisation of the championship has gone as planned in 37th edition of the tournament taking place in Mokwa.
Osmond made this assessment in Mokwa after monitoring the second round of matches.
“The on going Niger state governors cup football competition in Mokwa is living up to expectations both in the aspect of the players’ discipline, the fans’ conduct and indeed the officiating officials (referees). Beyond these, all the nooks and crannies of of the ancient town now has a new look” he revealed.
Adamu Osmond who is also a member of the Niger football federation’s disciplinary committee spoke the minds of the citizenry of the state as regards the ongoing competition saing “people are expressing their happiness for the competition to be hosted by them and indeed the turn out has been massive” he disclosed