The 2019 edition of the Nigeria Hockey Masters under-14 Championship will kick-off in Port Harcourt on Saturday, 14th Dec 2019.
The chairman sponsorship committee Tamunotonye Biambo said the competition will be used to unearth and nurture future hockey players across the country.
Tamunotonye Biambo said the future is bright for the sport of hockey in Nigeria because of the development programmes being put in place by the hockey authorities in Nigeria.
He also appealed to the government, co-operate bodies and good spirited individuals to give some support to Nigeria Hockey masters to host the event which will commence on Saturday.
Biambo said only through quality sponsorship that hockey can be developed in Nigeria.
“So when you look around you see the kids from the under-10 group running around playing. This is how we all started. We started from secondary school and at the end of the day, most of us made it internationally. So what I see today is encouraging and this not just in Rivers State alone, if you go to Abia and Imo they have a team like this, everybody is going back to the grassroots” he said.
Meanwhile coach of Rivers state u-14 side Collins Ifeanyi is optimistic the Rivers team can give the visiting states a good challenge.
He said that Rivers State Hockey players will put up a good fight against any opponent, they would meet at the championship.
Collins Ifeanyi noted that the team is highly motivated to excel at the tournament.