Governor Inuwa Backs ‘Gombe To Europe’ Football Tournament
By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and former lawmaker, Honourable Khamisu Ahmed Mailantarki, have backed the maiden edition of “Gombe to Europe” football tournament held at the state township stadium, Pantami, Gombe state.
The tournament, which was powered by the former lawmaker, saw Mailantarki Care Football Academy of Gombe emerge winners following their 3-1 victory against Bauchi based team, Sergio Football Club.
The Governor, who was represented by his director of Protocol Habibu Musa, host, Hon. Mailantarki and other dignitaries, rewarded the winning team with the sum of five hundred thousand naira. (N500,000), while the second, third and fourth placed team also got monetary rewards.
Abdulrahman Sa’idu of Mailantarki Care Football Academy received the golden boot award for netting five goals, while teammate, Abdulazeez Adamu Maiyadi got a plague as best player of the competition.
Abdulbasit Bayo walked away with an adidas boot after being crowned the best defender, just as Coach Sule Garba won the award for the best coach in the competition.
Meanwhile, the Manu Garba led technical Committee of the scouting tournament has shortlisted 82 players from 30 teams. The football tournament will feature European football directors and scouts.