Ndoki relaunches into the world with Football

Osteen Ejiasa addressing the press on Friday
The eyes of the World will be with Ndoki (an ethnic group in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia States) from Sunday, March 24, 2019 to December 31, 2019 as the Osteen Ejiasa Ndoki Unity Cup gets underway and takes its full course.

Obohia will take on Ubaku in the opening game but the competition is more than just about the football on the pitch.

We are looking to send a message out about Ndoki people and in doing this we wish we can unearth some new talents in football too,” Ejiasa told NigerianFootballer.com.

I am very confident that with the kinds of talent I have seen in Ndoki, if they are well nurtured they can about play in any team,” Ejiasa said.

We want a platform to launch our people, be it in Europe or even the Nigerian League. This is about giving back to the Ndoki people and to produce the next superstars in the football industry from Ndoki.

We also want to change that situation where when we tell people that we are from Ndoki, they think Ndoki is somewhere far away. We are Ndoki. We have a Local Government Area in Rivers State and we are also in Abia and Akwa Ibom States.”

The 8-month challenge

The Osteen Ejiasa Ndoki Unity Cup unlike other football competitions at the grassroots level will stretch for 8 months.

From March 24 to December 31, 2019, sixteen teams, 8 each from Abia and Rivers State will start their race to the final.

We tried to be unique in the way we organised this so we can stand out in this fiesta,” Ejiasa continued.

Also, from the quarter-final stages, the games will be played on home and away basis until the final.

These we did so we can be different. We want to bring Ndoki to the World, we want to world to learn from us,” Ejiasa said.

The sixteen communities playing in the competition are Ohanso, Ubunku, Ayama/ Okoloma, Obete, Egbelu, Mgboji, Afam/ Uku, Nta, Azumini, Umuagbai, Akwete, Ohanku, Nkpuruobe, Obohia, Marihu/ Okpontu, Obeakpu and Ubaku
Chairman of the Local Organising Committee

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