Following pleas from various media establishments, the 2019 Olajide Fashekun 5-aside football competition has been rescheduled.
The tournament will now take place between December 19 and 20, 2019.
The earlier dates were adjustment after the management of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), New Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), and other government-owned media outfits requested for postponement on the basis that their football teams are currently in Lafia, venue of ongoing FEPSGA tournament.
Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter, Comrade Ndubueze Chidoka, who made this known on Tuesday said in the spirit of sportsmanship, the adjustment became necessary to accommodate the various media houses.
Comrade Chidoka said already the football team of TVC have also aligned to the possible shift in date.
“SWAN believes in an all inclusive leadership. That is why we considered plea from all quarters. Already, a good number of teams from different organisations have queued in.
“To us, everybody counts. Moreover, we are using the SWAN week programme as a unifying factor. Our late colleague, Olajide Fashekun stood for peace and unity of purpose.
Recall that NTA is defending champions of the competition.
Meanwhile, the Tennis competition is going ahead as planned on Thursday December 12 inside the package B of MKO Abiola National stadium in Abuja.
No fewer than 29 players have been lined up. Pairings for the competition in collaboration with the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) will be made known on Wednesday, a day to the competition.
The climax of this year’s programme will be on Monday December 16 when Olajide Fashekun Lecture Series will take centre stage at the media centre, package A, MKO Abiola National stadium, Abuja.