Candlelight Foundation, a non-profitable organisation in a bid to create more awareness on the need to address the issue of hunger on Easter Friday organized a novelty match tagged ‘Football Over Hunger’ that saw two teams; Paga and Fint played a friendly game at the national stadium.
In a thrilling cracker, team Fint emerged winner on penalty after both sides played 2-2 in regulation time.
Speaking after his side victory, Nnamdi Okeke, the captain for Team Fint was super excited that his side won the game and attributed the victory to passion.
“Passion gave us the victory today; as you can see, we have not been able to train for this game, we all came at different time and agreed to play the game.”
He applauded Candlelight Foundation for their initiative tackle hunger.
“ This is a charity event and Candlelight Foundation is using one of the most thing in Nigeria which is football to make an impact. Making an impact using football over hunger is a very smart and efficient tool that everybody will want to be part of. I will advise them to make this a yearly event and also do other sports like tennis.”
Marvelous Owugo, the captain of team Paga could not hid his feelings as his side narrowly lost to team Fint.
“Everybody loves to win and we wanted to win, but we did not win, next time we will do better”
Commenting on the impact of the initiative, Owugo said: “It’s a laudable initiative, for the fact that they are feeding the motherless and people that can not afford a meal makes it a good program.”
He advised other corporate organisations to be part of Candlelight Foundation in alleviating hunger in the country.
“I would advice other corporate bodies to join this initiative because the thing about giving is that its gets back to you and you are touching lives and impacting the world by giving positively.”
In her remarks, Uzoamaka Okeke, the executive director of Candlelight foundation revealed that the motive behind the initiative is to drive hunger awareness in the country.
“Basically, there is hunger in the country, this is to create awareness to the public about the hunger emergency in Nigeria and solicit for supports from the public in alleviating hunger in the country.
“The Candlelight Foundation is a charity and we give out free food every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we take kids off the streets and provide education for them.”
She added that, the foundation intends to deepen the awareness to other sector in coming months.
“ Today, we had Fint and Paga played a novelty game to show awareness of the things that we do at Candlelight Foundation, we are hoping to have more participating teams. The next one hopefully will be with the banking sector, insurance or manufacturing sector.”