We are the most successful team in Mark D Ball -Coach Ella
By Yemi Itodo
As the 2015 edition of Mark D Ball winds up, the Head Coach of the ESPN Mr. Williams Ella has said his team has benefitted greatly from the tournament.
In his chat with newsmen on Thursday after his tram defeated the Betlehem in Otukpo, the Idoma born international coach said it is not only when a team wins the trophy that it could rated as most valuable or successful as there are benefits in participating in a competition.
In his words “Haven’t we benefited enough from the Mark D Ball tournament? Aside been a champion for 2 record times; 2nd place for three times and 3rd place for the second time; we have also been able to project our players at the tournament in a veritable manner and that has attracted serious endorsement for our team members as 7 of them are currently playing at the Mark Mentors, who are the National League champions in Nigeria and Giants of Africa.
“It may also interest you to know that Mr. Manasseh Achi, the Tiv chap who is currently making Nigeria proud in the USA is also a product of ESPN and was discovered in one of our outings at the Mark D Ball in Otukpo.
“Other valuable Players of ESPN are scattered across the world playing for various clubs and we can only attribute their success to Mark D Ball. So, my dear, you cannot talk about ESPN without talking about Mark D Ball”, he submitted.
The ESPN trashed the Betlehem male team with 46 goals to 42 to emerge 3rd in the competition shortly after Bayelsa Patriots dealt with Future Drive of FCT in the female category to come 3rd in the match decided in the morning.
The Sweeties if Makurdi shall slug it out with the U-17 National team in the female Final while the defending champions, Blame it on Experience shall take on the Braves in the Male Final which shall be decided tonight.
Source : Gist Arena