Date: August 13, 2023
Venue: Nanna College Field, Warri
Match: Ode-Itsekiri Community vs. Ureju Community
The 8th edition of the Olu of Warri Community Peace Cup came to an exhilarating climax on August 13, 2023, with the much-anticipated final match between Ureju Community and Ode-Itsekiri Community. The event took place at the Nanna College Field in Warri and witnessed an impressive turnout of football enthusiasts, community leaders, and dignitaries. The match showcased the unity, sportsmanship, and competitive spirit that the Peace Cup has come to symbolize over the years. Ureju qualified for the final by beating Obibi-Ezena 4 goals to 2 during the semi-final while Ode-Itsekiri qualified for the final by beating Ugbokodo 3 nil.
In a thrilling showdown that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats, Ode-Itsekiri Community emerged victorious over Ureju Community with a final score of 3-1 on penalties after the game ended nil at full time. The match was characterized by intense competition, skillful play, and strategic maneuvers from both teams.
Ureju Community secured their spot in the final by defeating Obibi-Ezena in a gripping semi-final clash. Ureju Community’s impressive performance saw them netting four goals while conceding two, ultimately triumphing with a score of 4-2.
Ode-Itsekiri Community, on the other hand, earned their place in the final by outplaying Ugbokodo in the semi-final stage. Ode-Itsekiri Community exhibited their prowess by securing a comprehensive victory with a resounding score of 3-0.
The final match was graced by the presence of several notable individuals who added grandeur to the occasion. Among the dignitaries in attendance were:
- Chief Gabriel Awala – The Uwangue of Warri Kingdom.
- Chief Mene Brown – The Ogwaolusan of Warri Kingdom.
- Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Caroline Ajuyah – The Olunuranran of Warri Kingdom.
- Chief Patrick D Yalaju – The Kenekuniraro of Warri Kingdom
- Hon E. A. E. Igbiaye – Adviser, Iwere Sports Centre
- Mr. Monoyo Edon – Chairmanship aspirant for Warri South LGA elections.
In addition to these prominent figures, numerous other guests, community members, and football enthusiasts gathered to witness the momentous event. Their participation underscored the significance of the Olu of Warri Community Peace Cup in fostering unity and camaraderie among the various communities within the Warri Kingdom.
Celebration and Sportsmanship:
Following Ode-Itsekiri Community’s victory, both teams demonstrated commendable sportsmanship by embracing and congratulating each other. The winning team’s celebration was marked by jubilant cheers, camaraderie among players, and a sense of pride for their achievement. Ureju Community, though defeated, showed grace in defeat and applauded their opponents for their stellar performance.
The 8th edition of the Olu of Warri Community Peace Cup final between Ureju Community and Ode-Itsekiri Community was a resounding success. It not only showcased the talent and determination of the participating teams but also served as a platform for fostering unity and goodwill among the residents of the Warri Kingdom. The presence of esteemed dignitaries further elevated the significance of the event. As the final whistle blew, Ode-Itsekiri Community emerged as the champions, and their victory will undoubtedly be remembered as a testament to the spirit of sportsmanship, competition, and unity that the Peace Cup embodies.