Amuvi village, on the 1 st of April, 2018 emerged the winners of the maiden Mazi Ike Okoronkwo Peace Cup.
In the final match played before a capacity crowd at the Abia State College of Education (Technical) pitch, Amuvi defeated Amangwu 3-1 on penalties after the match ended goalless at regulation time.
Uche Okereke, Amuvi’s goalkeeper emerged the hero of the finals as he stopped three penalty kicks from the Amangwu players.
Ujari village won the third place prize.
Clement Olugbo of Amangwu village won the golden boot; Olu Chidiebere of Amangwu was adjudged the tournament’s best goalkeeper while Atani village went home as the best behaved team of the competition.
Some ex-internationals who graced the final include Ifeanyi Onyedika (MON), Bethel Orji and Casmir Mbachu while top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were also present. Also in attendance were Super Eagles shot stopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Flying Eagles Coach, Frank Aigbogun.
In another development, Aro U20 All Stars participated in a football competition sponsored by Senator Obinna Ogba. The Aro team was made up of a select cream of players that participated in the Ike Okoronkwo football competition.
Other participating teams were Macojen Academy, Abakaliki, Rivers United FC, Port-Harcourt, Ebonyi United FC, Abakaliki, Landmark U20, Abuja and Nacho FC Owerri. Others are A & B Football Club, Port Harcourt, Campos Football Academy, Owerri, Enugu Rangers Feeders, Simma FC, Onitsha, Madoka FC Owerri, Coal City FC , Enugu, Abia Warriors Feeders, Rocks FC, Abakaliki and Ishielu United FC.
Information reaching Aro News indicate that about six players from the United team, who shone brightly at the Arochukwu and Abakaliki competitions, are currently in Europe undergoing trials with various clubs.