By Amaechi Agbo
A total of twenty-four clubs have registered for the maiden edition of the Bet9ja Bet9ja/Enugu Football Association Neighborhood Football Championship which kicked off yesterday in four centers across the state.
Nigeria sports betting firm, Bet9ja, has made available over one million naira (N1,000,000.00) only as winning prizes for the championship.
Chairman of the organising committee for the championship, Emehelu Ikenna disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu during a meeting/draw for the tournament held in the boardroom of the football association with the FA chairman, Chidi Ofo Okenwa in attendance.
Amongst the teams registered for the three-week tournament are Coal Camp F.C, Iva Valley United, Emene United, Omeife F.C, Purple Krown F.C, Ingas F.C, Young Stars F.C, Okwudili F.C and others.
Addressing journalists at the end of the draw, Hon. Okenwa said that all logistics for a great tournament has been put in place but warned all participating teams that all FIFA rules would be applied in the championship.
“Let me inform us that all that is needed for a successful tournament has been provided by the sponsors who are bringing the game back to the people. I must also warn all teams participating teams that all FIFA rules would be applied at all matches. I wish all teams the best as we hope to discover some new burden talents in this tournament,” stated the NFF executive committee member.
Also reacting to questions, Emehelu said, “Bet9ja is coming into this to ensure that our customers are given opportunities to practice what they love. It is for ages 18 years and above. We hope to have a great tournament with the directions from the F.A.”
The opening game was between Coal Camp F.C and Real Madrid F.C.
Participating teams were presented with complete sets of jerseys and other documents needed for a hitch-free tournament.