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Nigeria women footballers, coaches to be honoured

03 April 2014, 11:50Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Women footballers and coaches will be honoured during a game to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on Sunday 6th April.

Launched by the United Nations at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee, the first ever ‘International Day of Sport for Development and Peace’ will take place on Sunday 6th April 2014.

The event represents a unique opportunity to mobilize, join forces, encourage and bring to light projects for peace and development through sport.

Pepsie Adiukwu, CEO of Peps-Pean Productions, a leading figure within female football in Nigeria said they are joining the major celebration of sport for peace by organizing a football match on Sunday at the practice pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

The organisation is using this initiative to honour grassroots female footballers and their coaches – unsung heroes who guide them to hone their skills, in various nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

“I remain very committed towards contributing whatever I can to the development of female football. On the occasion of this first ever ‘International Day of Sport for Development and Peace’ I felt it right to recognise our grassroots female footballers and their coaches for their contribution” she said.

The goal of the event is to celebrate sport as a tool for development and peace and encourage members of the public to raise awareness and rally support for initiatives in their local communities.

Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport stressed the importance of the event: “By establishing 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the UN and IOC are paying tribute to the unique role of sport in our society and honouring its constructive and positive values,” he said.

“Throughout the year, a tremendous amount of work is carried out by stakeholders on the ground – often in difficult conditions. This day serves as a way to recognize and honour their achievements,” Bouzou continued.

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