Nigerian Army eyes partnership with NCF


The Coordinator of the Chess event at the 2016 Nigerian Army Sports Festival, Brigadier General, Allen Kigbu, has revealed plans to partner the Nigerian Chess Federation in its quest to promote the sports in Nigeria.
Brig- Gen Kigbu said their aim is to ensure that the event is incorporated in the NCF calendar which will pave way for its rating.
“This competition cuts across all ranks of the millitary from the lowest to the highest. This will enable us to have officers and soldiers rated”.
While assuring that the verification process is at an advanced stage, he thanked the board of the NCF led by Lekan Adeyemi for their support so far.
Reacting further, he revealed that two internationally graded arbiters who were sent by the federation were on ground to supervise the event.
“They sent 2 arbiters who are international arbiters to monitor and adjudge the situation to make sure that they (players) play according to rules and regulations of the sport.”
Meanwhile, Lt. Colonel E.E Igoche from the Army Headquarter Garrison won the gold medal, in the Blitz (individual) event, with 4points ahead of Lt. Colonel S.O Solomon from 1 Division. General Egwu Okezie won the bronze medal.
In the classical (individual) event, Lt. Colonel E.E Igoche from the AHQ showed his prowess when he won with 15points.
Lance Corporal Ogunseyini Adelaja also from AHQ won the silver with 14points ahead of Lt. Colonel A.A Akinrinmade from 1 Division with 13points.
In the classical (team) Division, Army Headquarter Garrison were crowned the winner with 39 points,1 Division won silver with 38 points, and 2 Division had to settle for the bronze medal.
Medal presentation for the track and field events is expected to take place on Thursday at 1400hrs, at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Abuja.