The first edition of the International Invitational Tournament tagged; Africa for Peace will hold in Oba, Anambra State in July with seven teams participating, the Local Organising Committee Chairman Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed has said.
The tourney, according to Mohammed, billed to hold from 21-26 July, will have seven teams from Nigeria and South Africa in attendance.
He said FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Sunshine Stars FC, Kano Pillars FC and one of the national teams will be flying the Nigerian flag, while Ajax Cape Town, Jomo Cosmos FC and Golden Arrow FC are the teams from South Africa.
Mohammed said already, the Nigeria Football Federation, through a letter signed by the General Secretary Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, has given its provisional approval for the tourney to be held in the country.
The chairman said arrangements are in top gear to ensure a hitch free tournament, organized to shape the Nigerian teams for the second round of the Nigeria Premier League, while the South Africans will use it as part of their pre-season engagements.
He said the choice of Anambra as venue was to showcase to the world that the state has the facilities to host bigger events as well as help develop the followership of the game in the state.
Mohammed further hinted that the organizing committee is in touch with notable Nigerians and corporate bodies to key into the programme towards making it a huge success.
“We have big clubs like FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Kano Pillars FC and Sunshine and one of the national teams in a competition with teams from South Africa, you can’t expect anything less than a week of football fiesta in Anambra and from all indications the matches may be live on television.
“We are drawing the followers of the game from across the continent to Oba and we are ready. We are charging our football fans to come out and support quality matches”, he said.