Football competition for prison inmates kicks off in Enugu

Six clubs are participating in a football competition organised for inmates of the Enugu Maximum Custodial Centre, in Enugu State.

The competition, sponsored by a philanthropist, Chief Emeka Okoye, kicked off on Monday and will run until January 3, 2024.

The six teams participating include controller of corrections, deputy controller of corrections, Emeka Okoye, CAPIO, NOWAS, and Freedom-at-Last teams.

The winning club will get N100, 000 while the runners up will go home with N60, 000 and third place winner will grab N40,000.

There would be monetary prizes for best player of the competition, best goalkeeper, highest goal scorer and best defensive player among others.

The opening match was between Emeka Okoye and the deputy controller of corrections teams.

In his address before the start of the competition, Controller in charge of the Custodial Centre, Mr Sunday Oyakhire, said that the competition was part of the reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration of the inmates into society.

He added that it was an innovative way of reforming and re-orienting the inmates, and encouraging them to exploit their hidden potential.

He further said that the Controller-General of the NCOs, Haliru Nababa, pledged to recommend the release of any outstanding footballer.

He said club owners, football scouts and managers had been invited to watch the semi-final, third place and final matches.

He added, “We normally invite coaches from football teams, football managers and others for them to look at the good and quality players they can incorporate into their teams once they are out of custody. These coaches, managers and scouts can also facilitate the recommendation for the release of the spotted or discovered talents.”