Benin City the capital of Edo state came to a standstill on Saturday morning as a foremost Benin recreation Club honoured one of its own with the highest honour of the club on the occassion of a well attended 64th birthday celebration.
Crescent Sports Club, founded well over 40 years ago, bestowed the honour of Grand Patron Emeritus on one of it’s earliest members, a former two term Governor of the state, Lucky Igbinedion as the club took time out to celebrate a worthy member as part of celebrations marking his 64 years on earth.
Lucky Igbinedion, a famed footballer and swimmer growing up, played for Crescent Sports Club as a teenager and has remained a dedicated and financial member as the club transited from being a football team to a sports club boasting of facilities for football, tennis, table tennis and other sports.
Speaking at the end of an exciting barren draw novelty match organised between Crescent Sports Club and the All stars of Benin football club to add colour to the occassion, the President of the club, Ambassador Ehighalua Andrew showered encomiums on the former mayor of Oredo for his dedication and loyalty to the club.
“His Excellency, Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion is the reason we are all here today. We are all Crescenters because they laid the foundation for the club. Look around at the edifice, our former governor here donated it to the club. Without him, there would have been no us”, the president submitted.
The celebrant, the one time Chairman of the Governor’s forum in Nigeria, Lucky Igbinedion thanked everyone for coming and as a man of few words, promised to do more for the club and enjoined all present to see sports as recreation and an opportunity to foster unity and progress of Nigeria.