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EDO: Obaseki/Shaibu’s victory to be celebrated with novelty match

By Samuel Joseph

BENIN, Edo State capital will tomorrow, October 4, host a novelty football match at the reconstructed community football pitch of Western Boys High School, Ipkoba Hill, Benin. It starts at 3pm.

The event is in continuation of celebration of the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu in the September 19 governorship polls.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Comrade Ebomhiana Musa, the ‘victory’ match is organised by a group of Benin-based young and successful businessmen under the aegis of ‘Friends of Philip Shaibu.’

“The two teams which are expected to trade entertainment tackles are Team Obaseki/Shaibu and Team Ogbane. Some lovers of the round leather game see the match as the height of post Covid-19 entertainment football in Nigeria,“ said the statement.

Spokesman for the group, Fred Newton Erhunmwunse said some of the big names in world of football who have confirmed their readiness to be part of the novelty match are Taribo West, Mutiu Adepoju, Sam Sodye, Austin Eguavion, Mobile Okpkaraku, Friday Elahor, Alex Ekweme and Festus Okuongbae.

Members of Friends of Philip Shaibu are Sunny Osanyede, CEO of Big Joe Motors, Ambassador Wesley Asoro, CEO of Wesley Hotels, Edosa Igbinosa, CEO of EDS Paints, Frank Ilaboya, Chairman Owan West Local Government and Fred Newton Erhunmwunse, former Deputy Chair, Edo State FA.

Special Guests of Honour are Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu. Other special guests expected on the occasion are the National Vice Chairman of the ruling PDP (SouthSouth), Chief Dan Orbih, Senators Matthew Urhoghide, Clifford Ordia, Hon Seigious Ogun, Hon Jude Ise – Idehen and Hon Ogbeide Ihama. Others are the state chairman of the PDP, Dr Tony Azeigbemi, among others.

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