Henry Kalio Cup kicks off in Port Harcourt

Garden City Radio team
The 2015 5-A-Side Football Competition organized by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Rivers State chapter for all media houses in the state got underway to a fantastic set of first round games on Wednesday.

Day One of the tournament tagged "Henry Kalio Cup" was characterized by goals, misses, gaffes and modest form of novelty as journalists enjoyed themselves in fun-filled but competitive manners.

The ceremonial kick-off was taken by the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on NDDC, Barrister Aribitonye Okiri. The combined team of Tide and Independent Monitor Newspapers started the goalfest with a 5-2 victory over Wave FM. Isaac Mbah scored a brace while goalkeeper Gabriel Nwanetanya also registered his name on the scoresheet.

In Group A's other game, CoolWazobiaNigeriaInfo were annihilated by an effortless Garden City Radio side who steamrolled over their much vaunted opponents by 5 goals to nothing. Sports writers, Damiete Sanipe, Fisayo Dairo and Benjamin Sawadinho were among the goals as the Ufuoma Egbamuno-tutored CoolWazobiaInfo side wondered what they were to do with the ball for long spell in the game.

In Group B, substitute China Ikwerreman Acheru was in goal scoring form as Today FM hammered RSTV 3-0. Acheru, who received the loudest ovation when he came on in the 2nd half scored his team's 3rd barely five minutes after entering the fray.

Victor Kwame Sampong and Benjamin Kadiri got the other goals for Today FM.

Meanwhile, a brace from Maxwell Barilee propelled Treasure FM to a 4-2 win over Rhythm FM. Okey Onwugbonu was also on target for the FRCN side who rattled the Gbenga James-led Seasiders for longer periods in the game.

Group Standings
Group A
1. Garden City Radio  3pts +5
2. Tide/Independent Monitor 3pts +2
3. Wave FM         0pt  -3
4. CoolWazobiaInfo 0pt    -5

Group B
1. Today FM   3pts  +3
2. Treasure FM  3pts +2
3. Rhythm FM   0pt -2
4. RSTV/Radio Rivers   0pt   -3

Group A
1:00pm  -  Wave FM vs Garden City Radio
1:50pm - The Tide/Independent Monitor vs CoolWazobiaInfo

Group B
2:40pm - RSTV/Radio Rivers vs Rhythm FM
3:30pm  - Today FM vs Treasure FM

The tournament is played in honour of Henry Kalio, who lost his life in a fatal motor accident in 2004.

Kalio was the chairman of the Rivers State Council of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria as well as Media Officer of Sharks FC at the time of his death.

Share on Google Plus

About xxx

This is a short description in the author block about the author. You edit it by entering text in the "Biographical Info" field in the user admin panel.


  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    1. Good morning,
      Ikobong Akpan scored the two goals for Wave FM.
      In-depth reportage, Ikwerreman. Thanks.

  2. This my illness is 'politically motivated'! What beta way to increase ur team's chances of winning other than taking out ur opponent's best player. Treasure FM...i'm coming for u guys!!!

    *Ghanaman signing out*