By Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy
The ongoing Izhi Football Association League on Thursday 6th May, 2021, rounded off its semi final match with Ebyia Development Centre defeating Amachi DC on penalty.
Recall that Ebonyi Development Centre had on Wednesday defeated Abakaliki Development Centre team with 4-3 after tough game that ended in penalty.
Announcing the results to newsmen at College of Mercy School Field, one of the IFA Technical Crew, Ogerenya Izzi said the match ended in favour of Ebyia Development Centre making Ebonyi DC now to stand chance with Ebyia Development Centre for final match.
He said Ebyia Development Centre won with the advantage of 4 goals against Amachi Development Centre team that scored 3.
He described both teams as a clear example of what IFA represent, as they fought to finish on the 90 minutes without a score.
Speaking, the National President Izhi Football Association, Barr. Boniface Ezeagu commended various teams for the high level of maturity employed so far during the exercise.
He hinted that though, from the history of the league competition exercise that no defeated team has ever feel aggrieved but would always appreciate the management team, but said ensuring that transparency as promised before and during the exercise was challenging coupled with the fact that every team has their eyes on the trophy.
He enjoined lovers of football game to join force with the association by giving them support, even as, he admonished all sons and daughters of Izhi clan to honour the final match which would come up soon.
He, however, appreciated past and present sponsors of the football league especially the 2021 Edition, Speaker Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, Chief Chukwuma Jerry Ezaegu and Mr. Eze Emmanuel Eze for their aid and charged other stakeholders to toe the same path.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Immaculate Group of Companies, Eze Emmanuel Eze applauded IFA executive members for their optimum performance and transparency devoid of political infiltration in their activities and prayed that the football competition becomes an annual event as to continue promoting youths of the clan in football career.
“Let me commend the organizers of Izhi Football tournament 2021. Initially I was apprehensive that political shenanigans will rear its ugly heads amidst expected disagreements.
“I thank the political leaders of Izhiland for not allowing sycophantic praises lure them into intervening in the game processes. The end is close by…we hope this becomes an annual event. Congratulations to us all!