Kick-Off Announcement: ECK Foundation Football Competition Set to Thrill Bende Town

by David Okoye

The Chief Dr. Emeka Charles Kalu Foundation Football Competition is set to kick off on Sunday, December 3, 2023, marking a significant sporting event for the Bende Town community. This exciting revelation emerged during the Football Competition Central Organising Committee meeting.

Heading the Committee is Chairman Chief Kalu Emmanuel, who disclosed that the competition would feature a knockout format among the four Autonomous Communities in Bende Town. Notably, a considerable investment of 1 million naira has been allocated for the purchase of essential items such as the gold cup, footballs, jerseys, and other materials, which will be shared among the participating teams.


The Central Planning Committee strategically scheduled the matches, with the first slated for December 3, followed by subsequent rounds on December 10 and 17, culminating in the finals on December 30. All matches are scheduled to take place at the Bende Local Government field, providing an exciting spectacle for football enthusiasts at 4 pm daily.

The anticipation builds as the football competition draw is set to take place on Sunday, November 25, 2023, at 4 pm. This draw will determine the matchups and set the stage for the thrilling competition.

Representatives from the four Autonomous Communities, Mr. Andrew Obi (Umuoche), Ifeanyi Ikechukwu (Isiala), Okorie Ogbonna (Umuisiobu), and Chidiebere Ndukwe (Bende Ovu), expressed their gratitude to the competition’s sponsor, Chief Dr. Emeka C Kalu. They acknowledged his generous contributions and emphasized the positive impact the competition would have in keeping the community engaged during the holiday season. Additionally, they assured that their respective teams would adhere to the rules, fostering fair play and sportsmanship.

Chief Alvan Egeonu has been appointed for media and publicity, ensuring that the Chief Dr. Emeka Charles Kalu Foundation Football Competition gains the attention and support it deserves. The community eagerly awaits the kickoff, anticipating a festive season filled with thrilling football action.

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