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Grassroots Football Development in Sapele From 1950-1980

Sapele is a city in southwestern Nigeria, situated in Delta State. Sapele is arranged at the headwaters of the Benin River, which streams out to the Niger Delta.

Football advancement in Sapele began in the 1950’s, when football was exactly at its early stages in Nigeria, and Sapele a town noted for greatness was at the front in football at that point. The then Sapele municipality arena was among the principal built arena in Nigeria The craving to completely foster football at the grassroots level brought forth the Sapele Amateur Football Association in 1987.

This was immediately trailed by the organizing of the debut Sapele Cup of Nations Competition in 1988. It was a contest that included 16 groups from Sapele and environs. A portion of the groups that took part at the debut Cup of Nations rivalry include: K.B Stars, Athletico De Marin, Ghana Black Stars and Loaders F.C.

The contest was assembled by Mr. Gabriel Igarri and Mr. Dan Evumena. It is intriguing to take note of that the debut Sapele Cup of Nations prize was given by Chief P.D.O Akpeki the Ugo of Okpe Kingdom. Returning to football advancement in Sapele, it is deserving of note to review that in 1968, Nova Luna Football Club was framed.

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It was the principal Youth club in Sapele. It was established by Late Mr. Tony Okonedo who was then a Graded football ref. He likewise established Ladies Football club that very year. After the development of Nova Luna, came Niger Pools Football club in 1969. It was framed by the Niger Pools organization.

It later transformed into Strangers Football Club in 1969 which was shaped by previous players of Niger Pools F.C. Outsiders Football club was then captained by Olayinka John( Ayogi) who passed on the seventh of January 2010 after an extended ailment. The club existed for more than two years.

In 1971, Ethiope F.C Sapele was shaped and it acquired unmistakable quality because of the type of major parts in its overlay at that point. At the point when it was reputed that the club will leave Sapele for another base, the then Governor of Bendel State-Osaigbovo Ogbemudia assumed control over the undertakings of the club and re-named it New Nigeria Bank F.C, with its base in Sapele.

There were four State club in the then Bendel State

Ethiope Football Club (Later re-named New Nigeria Bank F.C Sapele)

Snake F.C Benin (Later re-named Bendel Insurance of Benin)

Ika Rangers F.C Agbor (Later re-named Midwest Line F.C)

Warri Wolves F.C Warri (Later re-named Midwest Line F.C\z)

These four clubs were subsequently given over to different organizations by the then Bendel State Government.

In 1971/72, there was the eleven siblings F.C and Eleven Strikers F.C both situated in Sapele.

Late Olayinka John (Ayogi) was the then mentor of eleven siblings. The club delivered any semblance of German Odjegbe who was the then commander of Bendel U-17 football crew that won Gold award at the 1973 National Sports Festival. The club likewise delivered Prince Afejukwu, Oshoff Shogbene, goalkeeper Nasiru Momoh, Samuel Afejukwu and Ighoraye Ogayone. Eleven Strikers F.C were then captained by Monday Daibo and the group had any semblance of Andrew Boyo.

In 1973, Ethiope F.C later re-named New Nigeria Bank F.C left Sapele and in 1974, the group was then known as Custom and Exercise F.C. A heft of players from Strangers F.C Sapele shaped the Custom F.C which was then under the Custom and Exercise Department.

The group was then captained by uplifting protector Gabriel Igarri from 1975 to 1983. Inside this period under survey, there were different groups that jumped up in the Sapele city. These include: Government Coastal Agency F.C – Founded in 1976, Seaboard F.C (Comprising Delta Packaging organization, Life Flour Mills and Top feeds)- established in 1977 and Palm Line Agency F.C-Founded in 1977. From these three groups, a joint group to address Sapele was framed. It was then called Urhiapele F.C. Urhiapele F.C was established in the 1985/1986 season. The club didn’t anyway keep going long because of regulatory issues. They just played one amicable match against the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Football Club Warri.

There was additionally the Rainbow Football club which appeared in 1980. The club which was then playing in the State League/State Challenge Cup was supported by Chief Michael Ibru. One striking player that emerged from the positions of Rainbow F.C was Goalkeeper Andrew Aikhomogbe who later rose to conspicuousness and addressed the U-17 National group the Golden Eaglets at the FIFA U-17 Championship labeled Scotland 89.

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