Football, track and field steal show at A’ Ibom Festival

As the Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival entered its third day on Friday as Football and Track and field attracted so much attention due to the popularity of both sports. At the time of going to press Ikot Abasi, Ikot Ekpene and Ibeno had qualified for the quarterfinals in the secondary schools boys category. A promising Ibeno side beat Etim Ekpo 1-0 while it took penalties (4-2) for Ikot Abasi to edge out Obot Akara in an energy-sapping encounter.

Urue Ofong Oruko’s ambition of progressing was halted by clinical Ikot Ekpene who dispatched them 2-0. The football event for women and the primary schools also got underway in the Itam Sports centre which is also venue for tennis, handball, handball and basketball The state FA Chairman Emmmanuel Ibah said he was delighted with the individual stars so far discovered different from the teams Track and field as usual ignited the packed arena of the Godswill Akpabio International stadium as all the 31 local government teams were battling to make it pass the heats stage.

In the Long Jump final, Kingsley Etim Udoh of Nsit Ibom, ( 4.630 Uduak Abraham of Uyo( 4.53) and prosper Godwin Enefiok ( 4.52) of Nsit Ibom were in the medals range The competition continues today (Saturday) with finals in Volleyball, Basketball, Handball, Tennis, Table tennis, Taekwondo, boxing, baseball and other sports.

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