* Team wins, carts home N1m
By Kelechi Esogwa, Port Harcourt
The managing director of Shell Development and Production’s Company, Okunbor Osagie, has hailed the organization of this year’s taxes volleyball tournament by the She’ll Club Harcourt.
He spoke shortly after the tournament held at the Shell Residential Area before presenting trophies to the winners of the competition. Commending the players and coaches for a good display throughout the tournament, the Shell MD advised them to always demonstrate discipline in whatever they are doing. Osagie, who described sports as a unifier, thanked the players for their show of sportsmanship while congratulating the
Shell team for emerging champions. ‘I’m quite pleased to see that you shared the honors . I congratulate the Shell team for redeeming the image of the club. The only thing I’ll advise is that when things go wrong, you take things easy,” he said.
Earlier, the General Manager, External Relations of Shell, Igo Welii, said that the volleyball tournament was an annual event organised by Shell Club, adding that over the years, many big names in Nigeria, including the Super Eagles, have participated in the football section of the tournament.
He said that eight teams from different states participated in this year’s event and that most of the players are members of the national team. The Shell GM said; “This is the third time the MD is sponsoring the competition. It’s a way of bringing Shell and the communities together. Sport helps to keep our staff fit, so we encourage them to participate in sports,” he said.
At the end of the tournament, Shell Spikers emerged winners of the male category after beating City Spikers of Bayelsa. Trailblazers of Bayelsa beat Sunshine Stars of Akure to win the 3rd place For the female category, City Spikers of Bayelsa defeated Shell Spikers to emerge champions. Speaking to Business Day shortly after the competition, captain of City Spikers of Bayelsa, female category, Ijeoma Ukpabii, attributed their victory to hard work unity and focus. Ukpabii who said she hails from Abia State, added; “I felt like great because last year we were champions. This victory will boost out morale to work harder.”