The 2016 Indomitable Cup Football competition among inmates of Uyo Prison came to an on Wednesday with TEAM C carting home the coveted trophy after a keenly contested game.
The game which was played at the main bowl of the Uyo Prison Sports centre had the ceremonial kick-off taken by the sponsor of the tournament, Obong Unwana Nse Essien, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly.
In an explosive duel that saw the inmates in high spirits expressing their passion for the game, TEAM C defeated TEAM D via a lone goal scored midway into the second stanza after a barren first half.
The tournament which is billed to be a yearly event had 8 teams slugging it out on a knock out basis.
Speaking at the trophy presentation ceremony after the game, Obong Unwana Nse Essien said that his passion for the game of football, his desire for its development in the state and compassion for the prison inmates motivated him to float the tournament to serve as a vehicle for self re-discovery to the inmates, to help restore their self-confidence, self- esteem, reposition their psyche and give them the hope that they can still live useful lives after serving time in prison.
He thanked the authorities of the Uyo Prison for facilitating the competition and charged the inmates to remain law abiding, prayerful and penitent.
Also speaking, the Deputy Comptroller of the Uyo prison thanked the lawmaker for the kind gesture by sacrificing his resources to put smiles on the faces of the people widely seen as outcasts in the larger society. “Hon. Nse Essien has changed the climate of this prison”, he added.
The high point of the event saw 19 prisoners whose sentences had an option of fine regaining their freedom courtesy of the lawmaker who volunteered to pay on their behalf. The affected prisoners who committed minor offences were given an option of fine but were still behind bars as they could not afford the money to pay. In his advice to them, the lawmaker warned them never to be involved in any unwholesome act that could warrant their return to prison. He charged them to turn a new life and go into the society to lead a productive life.
The lawmaker donated a live cow to the inmates for their Christmas celebration along with three trophies, cash prizes, four sets of football jerseys, goalkeeping gloves and boots to the best goalkeeper of the tournament, best player, highest goal scorer and the supporters club.