As part of his Social Responsibility and in line with his resolve to keep promoting and grassroots football in Nigeria, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah who recently sponsored the Joseph Yobo Centenary game has once again thrown his weight behind another burgeoning Nigerian player, Odion Ighalo as he cements plans for a farewell match in honour of his father, Late Pa Paul Ighalo.
The match which is to be played at Navy Barracks, Ajegunle and billed for Sunday, 12th of June, 2016 is tagged “Team Ighalo vs Team Ajegunle”.
The Watford striker who lost his father in April thanked Dr. Ubah for his unflinching support for the game of football in Nigeria. “Dr. Ubah has always been steadfast in his love and support for our sports and its development at the grassroots level. I am indeed very grateful to Dr. Ubah, who has always been a mentor for his benevolence, his support towards this event means a whole lot to me” Ighalo said. On his reasons for choosing Ajegunle, Ighalo pointed out that having being brought up in Ajegunle, he had no other family or people to celebrate with than those that shaped him and his career.
While expressing his joy at the kind gesture of the Anambra State Football Association Chairman, Former General Secretary of Nigeria Football Association (now Nigeria Football Federation), Ambassador Fanny Amun (MON) said Dr. Ubah has shown and will keep showing football-loving Nigerians that he is determined and true to his words as it pertains rendering the needed support and promoting anything that has to do with football and grassroots development in Nigeria. “Anambra State Football family should be thankful for Dr. Ubah. His entrance into the football scene in Anambra will surely add immense value, I am sure of that. This consistent show of support for Nigerian footballers and Nigerian football in general demonstrates his love for the game and brings to light his capacity to turn things around in Anambra State football” Fanny asserted.
‘Team Ighalo vs Team Ajegunle’ which will be graced by lots of Nigerian internationals including Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, Olympiacos striker Brown Ideye and Hapoel Be’er Sheva midfielder John Ogu will kick-off at 4PM on Sunday. However, the event will start at 12noon with musical and dance performances as well as other competitions.