By Owai Obo
Rovers Football Club of Calabar have won the 2016 edition of the Cross River State Federation Cup. They defeated Diamond Stars FC 2 – 0 at the final match held at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar yesterday.
The winner and 1st runner up will represent the state at the Nigeria Federation Cup.
Governor of the state, Senator Ben Ayade was represented at the even by his Deputy, Professor Ivara Esu.
While congratulating the winners of this years’ trophy, the deputy governor also used the occasion to appeal to the Chairman of the State Sports Commission, Hon. Orok Duke and the State Commissioner for Sports, Comrade Asu Okang to end the fight for supremacy and close ranks for the benefit of the state.
The deputy governor asked for cooperation between the duo and disclosed that 34million Naira has been budgeted for the State Football Association in the 2016 budget and the bulk of the money is aimed at revamping football with keen interest on Rovers and Pelican stars.
Professor Esu promised to get in touch with companies to sponsor Pelican Stars, since Rovers now has a sponsor called Tecor.
“TECOR”, is a company most reputed as manufacturer and supplier of premium quality range of Industrial Boilers, Steam Distribution Headers, Pressure Reducing & Super Heating Stations, Pressure Vessels, Deaerators, Industrial Tanks, Moisture Separators, Pollution Control Equipment, Soot Blowers, etc.
Earlier, while speaking, Hon. Essien Ayi, the Chairman of Cross River State Football Association decried poor funding of Rovers FC and Pelican Stars arguing that this has on several occasions hindered their participation and performance in major tournaments.
The Chairman of Cross River State Football Association, Hon. Essien Ayi, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Comrade Okang Asu, Chairman, Cross River State Sports Commission, Hon. Orok Duke, Chairman, House Committee on Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Ogbor Ogbor, Chairman of Biase Local Government Council, Hon. Enebiene Ana, along with other members of the Cross River State Sports Commission and other soccer lovers were notable spectators.