The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has advised Youths of the region to take advantage of the Niger Delta Under-17 Peace Cup organised by the Niger Delta Development Commission to play themselves to stardom and as well engender peace in the region.
Akpabio who was represented at the opening ceremony by his Chief of Staff, Sir Ettekamba Umoren, said football remains a unifying factor across the globe and charged the eighteen participating teams from the nine States of the region to compete as brothers, bearing in mind that the aim of the tournament is to discover and nurture talents for the super eagles of Nigeria.
Senator Akpabio encouraged the players to combine academics with sports, so as to have a better fall back after their playing carrier.
On his part, the Niger Delta Development Commission Sole Administrator, Barr. Effiong Akwa pledged the commitment of his Commission towards achieving the aim of the tournament and making it an annual event in the region.
The newly appointed Interim Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Austin Eguavoen meanwhile, described the under 17 peace cup as a wonderful platform to discover young footballers.