Ndoro Community, in the Ekeremor Council Area, has progressed to the next round of the maiden edition of the Senator Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament, also known as the Ofurumapepe Cup, after a vital one nil victory over Tamo-gbene Community, in the opening fixture of the tournament.

From the blast of the whistle, Ndoro proved they were the better side, as they were often found at the danger area of their opponents, and missing several opportunities in the process.

However, their efforts paid off in the 35th minute when a clearance from the defence line found Ego Ebilayor, who beat his marker comfortably, and lobbed the ball over the napping goal keeper from Tamo-gbene, Fadiki Tam.

There was another opportunity for the leaders which was wasted. But Tamo-gbene’s best opportunity came ten minutes later, but the shot went wide.

Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, who was represented by the Youth and Sports Commissioner, Hon. Daniel Igali, said the state is on the right path, as far as sports is concerned, following the achievements recorded in the sector, especially under the present administration, adding that the Ofurumapepe Cup will also yield positive result, in the nearest future.

Chairman of the ceremony, Dr. Peter Singabele mni, while declaring the competition open, lauded the sponsor, Senator Dickson, for his thoughtfulness in organising the competition, expressing optimism that the next set of talents that will make the state proud, would emerge from the tourney.

Sponsor of the Ofurumapepe Cup, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, who was represented by the member representing Sagbama Constituency three, Hon. Salo Adikumo, was elated with the turn out of indigenes of the community, adding that the Senatorial District would be agog throughout the competition, as he also called for fair play from participating teams, and peaceful condu6 of the communities.

Other guests at the office kick off, were member, representing Sagbama Constituency one, Hon. Godbless Oyinke, Special Project Commissioner, Hon. Ekisah Sinkumo, Special Adviser on Community Relations, Hon. Keku Godspower, among others.

Actions continue on Sunday in Aleibiri, as Tietie gbene takes on Ayamasa at 1pm, and Angawegbene tackles Isampou at 3pm, whereas in Ekeremor, Oweigbene takes on Tamu-Ndoro at 1pm, and Beautiful gate tackles Amabulu at 3pm.

In Egbema Angalabiri, Aghoro 1 tackles Bilabiri at 1pm, while Orobiri lock horns with Agge at 3pm