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SWAN Bayelsa begins preparations for Clinton Thompson football competition for media houses


SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo

By Christian Ogbonna

The Bayelsa Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) says plans are underway to hold the maiden edition of a football competition for journalists in the state.

Alambo Datonye, the state Chairman of the Association, told newsmen in Yenagoa on Tuesday that the competition would be in honour of late Clinton Thompson, a former national officer.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Thompson, a veteran reporter who died earlier in the year, was the pioneer National Vice-President of SWAN in the South-South.

The late Thompson was also a one-time General Manager of Radio Bayelsa, Glory FM 97.1.

Datonye said the competition, which has been fixed to hold from Dec. 12 to Dec. 17, see participants from all media houses in the state.

He said the trophy for the competition, tagged “Clinton Thompson Cup’’, was donated to Bayelsa SWAN by the Association’s National President, Honour Sirawoo to immortalise the late Thompson.

“A five-man committee has been constituted in preparation for the competition, so as to have a hitch-free event. I thereby urge the committee to put in place the machinery for a unique event,” Datonye said.

Speaking also, Paul Omukago, the committee’s Chairman, said the competition would be organised on a five-a-side level, with teams drawn from various media houses and NUJ Chapels in the state.

“The committee has begun to prepare letters of invitation to media houses for their participation in the competition, in view of its importance as a welcome development for journalists,’’ he said.

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