NITEL Quarters have emerged winners of the maiden edition of the Project Kids and Teens (KATS) Community Development Spirit (CDS) competition held from December 13 to 15, 2019 at Sabon Tasha, Kaduna.
They emerged champions by garnering a total of 32 points from the four events that make up the competition, five wards were created by the organizers to compete in four events: football, cooking, music/dancing and craft.
The five wards are Zion City, Nitel Quarters, LEA (Matari West), Unguwan Gimbiya and Kantin Aga. LEA placed second with 30 points while Zion city were third with 20 points.
Kantin Aga placed fourth with 14 points while Anguwan Gimbiya were fifth with 10 points.
According to Jeremiah Dawah and Tosan Owojaiye, the initiators of the programme, the essence of the project was to create an avenue to develop the community spirit as all members of the community come together to support the kids and teens from their respective wards.
Hence, the point grading system that was created to determine the overall winners encouraged the various wards to participate in all the events. Ten, Eight, six, four, two points are awarded respectively to first, second, third, fourth and fifth placed team in each of the four events in the competition. Non participation in an event attracts zero point.
Nitel Quarters placed first in cooking (10 points), first in craoft (10 points), third in dance (6 points) and third in football (6 points).
LEA placed third in cooking (6 points), second in craft (8 points), second in dance (8 points), and second in football (8 points).
Zion city placed fourth in cooking (4 points), did not participate in craft (0 points), Angwan Gimbiya participated in only one event (football) and placed first (10 points).
The football event took place at the LEA Primary School, Sabon Tasha on Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14.
It was a five-a-side affair with 12 players each from the five wards. Ex-international, Stephen Musa was around to give all the 60 players participating words of advice and encouragement before the matches started.
LEA defeated Zion city 3-1 in the only Group A match played.
This made them first in terms of replacement while Zion City was placed second.
However, both qualified to the semi-final.
At the end of the three matches in group B, Ungwan Gimbiya and Nitel Quarters qualified to the semi-final as first and second placed teams respectively, Kantin Aga were eliminated.
In the first match played, Nitel defeated Kantin Aga by a/one goal whereas in the second match Ungwan Gimbiya held Nitel to a 1-1 draw. In the third match Angwan Gimbiya defeated Kantin Aga 3-1.
Ungwan Gimbiya finished with 4 points, same with Nitel but had a superior goal difference of +2 to Nitel’s +1.
In the semi-final, LEA ward defeated Nitel 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at regulation team.
The other semi-final was also decided by penalties. Ungwan Gimbiya defeated Zion city 2-0 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at regulation time.
In the final match Ungwan Gimbiya defeated LEA by 4-0. Overall, 19 goals were scored in 7 matches with Michael Matthew of Angwan Gimbiya emerging the highest goal scorer with six goals.
The grand finale took place at the basketball court of Christ Ambassadors College, Sabon Tasha on Sunday, December 15 between 3pm and 5:30pm dancing, craft and cooking events were decided by designated judges.
A giant trophy was presented to the overall winners (Nitel Quarters) while first and second teams in each event got medals.
Uzegi Communication Enterprise, Publishers of “The Nigerian Thrive Magazine presented a copy each of the magazine to all the 60 football players that participated, autographed by ex-international (Super Eagles) player, Stephen Musa.
The PROJECT KATD CDS Teams appreciated her partners Christ Ambassadors College, Uzegi Communication Enterprise, Jamesons Footwear and School Accessories and Stephen Musa for their contributions towards making the programme a success.