The Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, on Thursday, declared the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT) open, urging the participating teams at the tournament to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play throughout the competition.
The First Lady declared the tournament open at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City amidst pomp and pageantry, with each of the 13 participating teams parading in their traditional colours to mark their presence at the tournament.
The second edition of the competition, scheduled to run between Wednesday, September 7, 2022 and Saturday, September 17, 2022, is focused on driving the government’s campaign against drug abuse.
Welcoming the participating teams, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, said: “It gives me joy to welcome you all to this year's edition of the annual Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament. I assure you that you will have a wonderful time during the tournament.”
She said this year's edition is aimed at complementing the government’s efforts in reducing the incidence of drug abuse in the state, adding, “while we had 12 participating teams last year, this year, we have 13 teams to compete in the tournament. We will continue to grow and ensure that the vision of the tournament which is checking social vices among youths, especially the girl-child is realised.”