On Wednesday, March 12, the National Coordinator of Rainbow Unity and Peace Development, Ernest Ujubuonu, said 774 football teams would participate in its maiden Christian/Muslim Youth Peace Cup this year.
Ujubuonu said that the tournament was made to create unity among Nigerian youths. "Each local government would present one team that would represent each state at the zonal level," he stated. "It is basically an invitational grassroots programme."
The coordinator explained that the preliminary matches would be played at their various local governments before the zonal elimination. And the best two teams in each geo-political zone would play at the finals in Abuja.
"The finals would take place Oct. 1 to mark Nigeria’s independent day, disclosing that the competition would kick off in September," Ujubuonu added.
He added: "The NGO would also organise Women for Peace Cup competition which would involve 109 football teams to preach tolerance, justice, unity and love."
"The Peace Cup is planned to hold in partnership and endorsement of youths and women organisations like FOMWAN, CAN-Women wing, JNI youth wing, NANS and NCWS.
Ernest Ujubuonu is sure that the competition is intended to unite Nigerian youths and women to rise up to their civil and religious obligation of ensuring that they don’t participate in any form of violence.
The draws for the tournament would be done later this month with the fixtures, and the two competitions would run concurrently.