By: AMAWU, Cletus Albert Amawu.
The Youth Wing of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Cross River State Branch, yesterday marked the International Youth Day 2021, with a novelty football match between the Diamond Stars Football Club of Calabar, at Cross River Basin Authority Mini Football field, on the theme: “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.”
Barr. (Prof). Eni Eja Alobo, the Branch Legal Adviser of Red Cross Society, Cross River Branch, kick off the match at about 5pm, having earlier addressed the Youths of the importance of the celebration. Hence, as youth; “they’re agents of change. They should at all times say No to Gangsterism, avoid Drug Abuses and Cultism, Rape and Kidnapping. That building a nation of our dreams, lies in your hands as your civic responsibility in the service to humanity.”
The Captains of the Red Cross Society Youth Wing, and Diamond Stars Football Club, Comrade Ogar Emmanuel Ofana, and Gabriel Orok, exchanged the traditional team colours before the kickoff and joint photographs session.
Diamond Stars Football Club, broke the deadlock and took a deserving lead after 28min into the game, having dominated play in the mid-field through their diminutive Captain Gabriel Orok.
And but not for the Red Cross Youth Wing Goalkeeper, David Ibe, the score line will have been much higher.
The Stars scored two quick goals in the second half, taking the tally to 3:0 through Prince Ibe and Ikechukwu Innocent.
Chairman of the Diamond Stars Football Club Mr. Onyeka Onyekwelu, extol the quality of performance put up by the Red Cross Society, Cross River Branch Youth Wing and said, “this match, has brought about quality challenge for my lads and I would have hoped to always get this opportunity to put my Team in shape as we commenced the National Amateur League 2.
He thanked, the Cross River Branch of the Red Cross Society for the recognition and honour.
Dignitaries that grace the novelty match include, Elias Binang, Branch Communication Coordinator. Mr. Eni Joseph Samuel, Branch Secretary. Hon. Elemi Alaga, Youth Wing Secretary. Comrade Alphonsus Okwo, Youth Wing Projects Coordinator, Media Representatives and many Youth Organisations.
Highpoint of the occasion was the refreshment and goodwill messages from friends of the Cross River Branch of the Nigerian Red Cross Society and Tips from the Branch Youth Wing Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Ofana.