|Brown and Damka Ideye observing the final match|
Sponsor of the Brown Ideye Challenge, Brown Ideye says the maiden edition of the competition has exceeded his expectations.
Speaking after the Final match at the weekend, Brown Ideye revealed that it gave him extreme pleasure watching the determination and happiness on the faces of the players and officials as they jostled for the trophy.
Ideye told the press that when the idea of the tournament was conceived he never expected such success at the maiden edition.
“Seeing those boys play today it really touched me a lot because I have been through that road before and I know how it is.
“I will say it is a thing of joy seeing them play and having fun.
“When I had this plan with China Acheru about a year back, really I didn’t know it could be this successful. I am really happy about it,” Ideye said.
The Super Eagles forward is of the opinion that more tournaments of this nature should be organized regularly to help groom talented players, many of which today are not given any opportunity.
“Today I saw some wonderful players and I would say if we can have these tournaments regularly it would boost the boys’ morale and it would help them grow.
“So I would say it is important to have a tournament like this every year.
Ideye went on to reveal that he planned to make the Brown Ideye Challenge a bi-annual event saying he would be open to sponsors and partners joining hands with him, to help lift football at the grassroots.
A&B Academy emerged champions of the maiden edition of the Brown Ideye Challenge after they beat Garden City Panthers 2:1 in a thrilling final played at the University of Port Harcourt Sports Complex.
Garden City Academy of Sports finished in third place after emerging victorious over Academy Football SKE whom they beat by a lone goal to win the loser’s final.