The Edo State Rugby Association has organized a Birthday Rugby Tournament in honor of our sports-loving Deputy Governor Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 8, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Edo Boys High School, Adolor, in Benin City.

According to Ntiense Williams, popularly known in Nigeria as “Mr Rugby,” “the Rugby family is indeed very grateful to our Deputy Governor Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu who has exhibited his special interest in the development of sports in Edo State and Rugby in particular as was exemplified during the recently concluded 20th National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020 when he singlehandedly secured a SPECIAL WAVER for our Female Ruggers.”

“This singular role brought great smiles and fulfillment to our Rugby family, especially our female colleagues whose hope of participating in the event was almost lost,” Williams continued.

“It is for this singular reason that we are so elated and would like to sincerely appreciate and celebrate His Excellency on his 52nd Birthday with a Rugby Challenge matches against our perennial rival and sister state, the ‘Delta State Rugby Male & Female Teams’ in the traditional 15-A-Side & 7-A-Side Rugby Matches,” he said.

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Along with other side attractions, the event will include a special Rugby Exhibition by His Excellency’s Team, who will be popping the Rugby Ball for the first time.

Meanwhile, a generous supporter of Edo State Schools Rugby, Madam Modupeola Irele of the Ehibam GriefShare Foundation, upon hearing about the Birthday Rugby celebrations in honor of the sports-loving and award-winning Edo State Deputy Governor, has generously donated two individual trophies to be presented to the Most Valuable Players (MVP’s) in both the Male and Female events.

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The Edo State Sports Commission, led by its Chairman Barr. Godwin Dudu-Orumen and his team, will also grace the promising event, which has already received His Excellency’s approval.

Comrade Philip Shaibu, Honoured By Rugby Stakeholders
Comrade Philip Shaibu, Honoured By Rugby Stakeholders

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