Nigeria international and former Bendel Insurance player Osaze Odemwingie yesterday donated N1 million to the club . Presenting the cash on behalf of Odemwingie, Austin Uwagboe said the cash donation is part of the Stoke City players's contribution to the club that made him who he is today.
Receiving the cash donation on behalf of players and technical officials, the Sole Administrator of Bendel insurance, Coach Austin Eguavoen thanked Odemwingie for his concern and care for the club . Eguavoen therefore called on well meaning Edo indigenes and former Bendel insurance players to emulate Odemwengie in donating to the club.
Odemwengie two months ago donated sets of equipment to the club. Meanwhile, a sport enthusiast and former international boxing champion, Wellington Okoh, has renewed his plea to individuals and corporate bodies to invest in the development of sports, particularly boxing and other sports outside football. Okoh who is a Commissioner with EDSOGPADEC, told THISDAY that gone were the days when sports development was in the exclusive list of government.
He pointed out that the paucity of funds in the face of bloated wages and decaying infrastructure, makes it increasingly difficult if not near impossible for government alone to develop sports in the country. Okoh said corporate bodies and affluent Nigerians could assist to build gyms, swimming pools, basket ball pitches and other sporting facilities and donate such facilities to government, schools and sports clubs.
The one-time golden globe boxing champion attributed youth restiveness and the increasing number of youth involvement in criminal activities to the dearth of sporting facilities which would have otherwise catered for their passion and energy in more positive ways. He reiterated his commitment towards the revival of amateur boxing in Edo State through the encouragement of young boxers who excel in both national and international tournaments as well the sponsorship of Edo Amateur Boxing Championship which he began in December last year.
He disclosed that efforts were being made to ensure that the second edition of the championship holds in June this year. Okoh, a consummate sports enthusiast, philanthropist and promoter, advised young athletes who want to make a success in sports to be more passionate, disciplined and dedicated to their training.