By Ovat Abeng
The Anambra State Traders Sports Competition will kick off across the seven market zones in Anambra Wednesday, October 18.
The competition which will feature Football, Tennis, Table Tennis, Draft and Ncho is a great improvement over previous editions which used to be only football.
The traders Sports Competition will give traders in Anambra markets the opportunity to showcase their sports skills on the field of play as well as improve their physical, and psychological well being.
More interestingly, the traders will be playing to win a whopping Ten million nair(N10,000,000:00) with a lot of other attractive prizes which are up for grabs.
At last count, about 85 markets have indicated interest to take part in the competition and the draws for fixtures have been done.
Winners of the football event will go home with Three million naira (3,000,000:00), Two Million naira (2,000,000) and One million naira (1,000,000:00) as first, second and third prizes.
Winners in Table Tennis, Tennis, Draft and Ncho events will get a reward of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000:00), Three Hundred Thousand Naira(N300,000:00 and Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000:00) respectively.
Our brothers and sisters in the market will not be playing for leisure this time, they have the opportunity to play to entertain themselves and also smile home with good prize money.
We are going to have football champions and high kings of draught.
There will also be raffle draws where traders, lovers of sports and the entire ndi Anambra will win different prizes including Plasma Television, Fridges, Generators, watching Machines, Bicycles, Motorcycles, Tricycles and shuttles bus.
The tickets will be on sale in the various markets and public places during the competition.
Ndi Anambra are encouraged to come out at the venues which include Awka Township Stadium, Awka, Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha, Godwin Achebe Stadium, Fegge, Rojenny Stadium, Oba, Ekwulobia Township Stadium, Ekwulobia, Otuocha Stadium, Aguleri to celebrate the rich talent of of our market people.
According to a statement jointly signed and made available to Journalists in Awka on Tuesday, by Patrick-Estate Onyedum Chairman, Anambra State Sports Development Commission and Chief Humphrey Anuna, President General, Amalgamated Market Traders Association, the competition will start with Zonal eliminations on Wednesday October 18 where the various market zones will determine their respective champions who will in turn represent them at the state finals.
The state finalists will thereafter compete for places in the semi finals where the gold, silver and bronze winners will emerge.
The competition is expected to end on Sunday Nov. 26 with final draws for the raffle tickets in an elaborate closing Ceremony.
The sports and traders loving Governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is expected to lead the draws and perform the symbolic handover of prizes to winners at the event as the chief Guest of Honour.
“Ndi Anambra, let us once again demonstrate our love for sports and our heritage which is business by supporting this initiative,” the statement concluded.