By Nna Anulumadu
Ahead of the celebration of the 2022 fathering Sunday in the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese, the chief Executive officer of ANTECH Original Nigeria limited Onitsha, Mr. Ifeanyi Onyebuchi has donated football trophy for competition among the CMO members of the S.S John and Paul lba Pope Awada as part of activities to mark this year’s fathers’ Sunday.
The football competition which shall be played at the school premises of the church kicked off on the 7th of March, 2022 with four wards out of the five meant to contest for the trophy. In the match already played, Holy Spirit ward walloped St. Patricks ward with two zero defeat, while Pope John Paul humbled Christ the king with 2-1 defeat at full time.
Speaking to newsmen at the occasion, the President of the Catholic Men Organisation of SS John and Paul lba Pope Awada, Evangelist Ephraim Emereje explained that the football competition would take place among the five wards of the parish and that the first and second winners in the competition would win prizes. He prayed God to bless the fathers as they March on in his vineyard and urged the CMO members not yet married to do so, emphasising the importance of marriage and wedlock among Catholic faithful.
Also speaking at the occasion which was perfectly organised by the chairman of the sports committee of the S.S John and Paul lba Pope Awada, Chief Bede lwunze, the donor of the football trophy Mr. Ifeanyi Onyebuchi popularly known as “pounds and Dollars said his aim of donating the football Cup was to encourage the fathers in sporting activities and to boost their morale as they celebrate the coming 2022 fathering Sunday.
..Others who spoke on the essence of the competition for the football trophy included Barrister kelvin Egbenebu who described the competition as brotherly affair and urged them not to see it as do or die affair. Also the CMO Secretary-general of the Parish, Ambassador Paul Anekwe said that this year’s organisation of the fathers Sunday would be better given the calibre of its organisers. Mr. Chinedu Obiajulu similarly expressed happiness for the CMO football competition. Both the CMO members and parishioners of the church trooped out as spectators for the football competition.