Barr. Paul Edeh has revealed plans by the board of Benue State Football Association (BSFA) to organise annual FA Chairman’s Cup.
The philanthropist and President of Ratels Sports Development Foundation (RSDF) who made the disclosure during the maiden General Congress organised by the current BSFA leadership in Makurdi at the weekend, said the Chairman’s Cup will be competed for teams drawn from the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
He also announced that at the end of the competition, the overall best team will smile home with a cash sum of a N1 million and trophy, while runners-up and third-placed sides will get N700, 000 and N300, 000 respectively.
Barr. Paul Edeh also said that before hand, there will be Board Members and Local Council Football Chairman’s Cup which will take place at the various communities and constituencies’ levels.
“As a board, we are not leaving any stone unturned in ensuring that every talent anywhere in the state is identified and nurtured. This is one of our major move to return the state to the glory days.
“Alongside grassroots development, we will run football as a business, because gone are the days when the game was just for fun. In the business aspect of football, everyone from the players, coaches, up to the clubs, families and communities are beneficiaries.
“All hands need to be on deck to drive the process, so that together we can achieve more,” he said.
Also, BSFA boss revealed that the board will towards the end of every year reward best performing Local Government football chairman with a brand new car.
He also expressed the readiness of the FA to honour politicians and others who distinguish themselves with their contributions towards grassroots football development in Benue State.
Aside from the board hierarchy, the LGA Football Chairmen and Secretaries as well as Club Representatives and other affiliate bodies attended the General Congress. The State Director of Sports, Comrade Philip Ter Nongu was among dignitaries who graced the event.