Ayatutu Foundation in collaboration with Kano Tiv Carnival has organized a football competition for all Local Government Areas in Benue zones A and B which form the Tiv nation.
National Youth Peace Ambassador and Coordinator of Northern states, Comrade Righteous Acho made this known to TheSKY Newspaper Correspondent on Sunday in Makurdi during the unveiling of the Face of Tiv International Pageant 2020 by the Kano Tiv Carnival. He said the match will come up on the 23rd November, 2020 during the grand finale of the Face of Tiv International Pageant.
Comrade Acho said the aim of the initiative was to promote peace, Tiv culture, create job opportunities for the Tiv Youths and catch them young.
He said they have formed Ayatutu football league which covers zones A and B with each Local Government Area within the zones producing ten teams that will feature in the match while registration for each team costs N10,000 only, and it will end on 20/9/2020. “Centres for the registration include Makurdi, Gboko and Zaki Biam”, the Coordinator said.
According to him, various prizes will be given to winners at the end of the competition. The first winner will be rewarded with one hundred thousand naira (100,000) in cash, a trophy and a set of jerseys. The second winner will be given fifty thousand naira (50,000), trophy and a set of Jerseys while the third position winner goes home with twenty thousand naira (20,000) cash, trophy and a set of Jerseys. Prizes will also be awarded to the Best Player, Best Goalkeeper and the highest Goal Scorer. The first position winner will be given opportunity to play in the Governor’s challenge cup between Lobi Stars football club and the winning team and the prize for the winner will come from Government House, Makurdi.
The Peace Ambassador told TheSKY that they were in partnership with the Benue state ministry of Youths and Sport and were also seeking partnership from Lobi Stars,Tor Ikyegh Sha Shwa and some Academies including Kano Nwankwo Academy.
The Chief sponsor of the Ayatutu Football League will be Comrade Righteous Acho himself and he looks forward to having a unified Soccer team that will be playing for the Tiv nation whenever occasions demand.