Promoters of a newly introduced sport are seeking the assistance of well meaning sports lovers, captains of industries, corporate bodies and government in their efforts at popularizing the new game in the country.
The new sport called Teqball is a brand of ball game that involves the technicality of both football and table tennis.
The game played on a special table involves kicking of a normal size 5 leather ball with all parts of the body except hands.
According to the Chief Technical Instructor for Teqball in Oyo State, Prince Bola Adeyinka, the new game, which has Abuja, Oyo, Kwara, Edo, Delta and Plateau States as its powerhouses, is fastly spreading like wildfire to other parts of the country.
In an exclusive interview, Prince Bola Adeyinka, who is also the State Chief Training Officer for the new game revealed that the State Teqball Association is staging a state tournament, the first of its kind, which will hold in Ibadan in September 2022.
He added that the Association needs a sum of ten million naira to organise the competition.
“We want to use this state tournament to make teqball to be more popular and acceptable in Oyo State. We’re also using this competition to select those who will represent the state at the second National Series Tournament coming up later this year in Jigawa state”, Prince Adeyinka said.
He adds: “To stage this tournament, we need to procure the game’s kits such as teqball table, match balls, customized jerseys as well as medals, prizes and souvenirs for participants”.
The State Chief Training Officer further disclosed that the State Teqball Association also desires funds to provide hotel accomodations, medical facilities, payment for venue of the event and certificates for those participating in the tournament.
“In view of these needs, we solicit moral and financial assistance from the Honourable Minister of Youths and Sports Chief Sunday Dare, Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Asiwaju Seun Fakorede, as well as corporate bodies and rich individuals in providing logistics for this competition scheduled for September 2022 in Ibadan”, the Chief Technical Instructor stated.
Teqball originated from Budapest in Hungary in 2014 and came into Nigeria in 2018 through the efforts of the Chief Executive Officer of Dreamland Football Academy in Abia State, Mr Emmanuel Edede, who is presently the Secretary General of the Teqball Federation in Nigeria.
Teqball was officially launched in Oyo State in April 2021 at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium with the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Asiwaju Seun Fakorede inaugurating the game.
There are presently sixteen functioning Teqball Clubs in Oyo State.
Among the star players of the new game is Abimbola Otubusin, the son of a retired IICC Shooting Stars and Green Eagles legend, Idowu Otubusin, popularly called Slow Poison during his playing days.