From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Zamfara State has again emerged the winner of the second edition of the Sardauna memorial unity cup competition which was concluded last weekend with five states participating against eight as earlier announced by the Zamfara State Veterans Football Club (ZVFC).
The contending states involved in the tournament were Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Sokoto and the host Zamfara. In the opening match of the game at the Sardauna Memorial Stadium Gusau, Kaduna defeated Kano by two goals to nothing.
Subsequent matches have eventually witnessed victories in favour of Kaduna that defeated Kano by 2-1, Zamfara 2-1 against Sokoto, Kogi 1-0 against Sokoto state. Other matches which staged Sokoto and Zamfara for the second round ended up 0-1, while the same Sokoto was able to defeat Kano by 1-0.
It would be recalled in 2013, the first edition of the competition was played in Kaduna when the Zamfara state football squad emerged winner, which qualified them automatically to host the just concluded 2014 competition.
Speaking with Peoples Daily Sports, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the ZVFC, Engineer Shehu Madawaki, called on the state government to intensify efforts in assisting the state veterans team as such would help to improve sporting activities in the state.
The PRO further announced that, it was unanimously agreed that the 2015 competition will hold in Kano state despite their loss in the tournament, adding that, the decision would encourage its participation as well as the expected high number of other interesting states.