Akpan Etukudoh Asare
Two famous secondary schools in Calabar Nigeria are set to reignite sports rivalry in order to confirm which actually is greater.
General Manager of the station, a veteran journalist, Effiong Nyong disclosed this in Calabar when he reeled out activities to mark the one year anniversary of Sparkling 92.3FM radio broadcasting to Cross River and other adjoining States.
He said they have concluded arrangements to stage the football meet between two old rivals, Hope Waddel Training Institutes and St. Patrick College and famous Secondary Schools in Calabar.
Both have produced various famous Nigerians.
Nyong said the football engagement will be competitive and winners will be awarded with fantastic prizes including scholarship.
He said the intention is not just to promote the one year anniversary of the radio station but to rekindle the old sports rivalry between both.
He said that Alumni Associations of both schools will also lock horns in a novelty match on May 25 as a way bringing to live what it used to be in those days.
Nyong recalled that the first formal football play in Nigeria actually started at Hope Waddel Institute Calabar in the colonial days.
He lamented that even though the first form of football actually began in Calabar yet the state was not lucky enough to have any of her indigenes play in any of the three national football teams, except two or so officials, Ntiero Effiom, Willy Egbe.
“It is sad that a city which is the cradle of football in Nigeria – where the first formal football match was played, which also produced star players, not even one person from the state is thought to be good enough to play in any of the national teams, whether the female or male football teams”, he said.