8th August, 2011
The attention of the grassroots soccer lovers across the country will be shifted to Oleh Stadium, Isoko, Delta State, the venue of the Gulder 5-A-Side National Football Competition, where teams from the fifth zone will trade tackles with one another.
Teams from Edo, Kogi, Bayelsa, Anambra and Ondo states will compete with one another from 10-12 August for the two slots allotted to the zone.
During the three-day soccer hostilities, organisers have promised to ensure adequate security of lives and property.
Meanwhile, the fourth zone of the competition, which took place at the Rangers Training Ground, Enugu was a huge success as teams from Imo, Anambra, Rivers, Plateau and other neighbouring states slugged it out to book the two slots allotted to the zone.
The limelight of the games was the match between Man-United FC of Enugu, a team that paraded deaf and dumb players against Etiene FC.
The match was hilarious as Man-United players engaged body language, eye contact and tactile strategies to communicate among themselves on the pitch. Man- United , however , lost by 0-4 to Etiene FC.
Speaking through an interpreter after the match, the manager of the Man- United FC, Kenneth Nwankwo, said it was painful for them to be out of the competition, but appreciated the opportunity given to them to play without any discrimination in the competition.
The overall best two teams will participate in the knock out stage in Lagos State, starting from 5 September.
Gulder 5- Aside Football Competition, an initiative of the Nigerian Breweries, started last year with the aim of engaging youth and discovering talents in order to avert crime in the society.