The competition was sponsored by Northwest Petroleum in conjunction with the Calabar Municipal council, was aimed at promoting football at the grassroots and act as a talent hunt for Rovers FC and other clubs within the metropolis. The tournament ended on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Ishie Maracana Arena with Ikot Effanga United as champions (after winning 5-3 on penalties) and winning a cash prize of N150, 000, while the second and third place winners won N100, 000 and N50, 000, respectively.
Chairman of Calabar Municipal Council and the initiator of the competition, Ntufam Donatus Etim, said: “I commend the Northwest Petroleum for the sponsorship of the tournament. It was conceived to sustain the bond of unity amongst the youths. It will also serve as a breeding ground for potential soccer stars while at the same time distracting idle youths from negative tendencies.” Commending the organisers of the competition, the Chairman, Cross River Sports Commission, Mr. Orok Duke, said: “It is interesting to see the private sector participating actively in sports development at the local level.” The sports commission chairman said he was optimistic the soccer fiesta will prove ample opportunity for budding football talents in the area to be discovered.
Representing the Managing Director and CEO of Northwest Petroleum – Mrs. Winifred Akpani at the finals event, Mr. Adedayo Adegun- Head Corporate Communications & Brand said this was another display of Northwest’s CSR commitment. When quizzed further about the sponsorship of the future editions, he noted that the company would study the effectiveness of the event before committing to future sponsorship. He commended the organizers for the planning of the event within a short period.
About Northwest Petroleum
Northwest Petroleum & Gas Company Limited is a Company in the Oil & Gas Sector of the economy with International repute. The Company has vast experience in the importation, supply, distribution and storage of Petroleum Products and is also actively involved in the official export of Crude Oil from Nigeria being one of thirty-nine Companies approved by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for allocation and export of Nigerian Crude Oil. Presently, amongst other facilities, the Company operates two (2) Ultra-Modern Mega Petroleum Products Storage Terminals with combined capacity of 96.8 Million litres certified and duly licensed by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and an Ultra-Modern Berthing Facility with International state-of-the-art Fire Fighting and Safety Equipment in the Calabar Free Trade Zone, Cross River State. The Company also owns and operates several 24– and 26- Ultra-Modern Mega Petroleum Products Filling Stations across the Country under a very rapid expansion program. For more information, visit www.northwestpetroleum-ng.com.