Football is one of the major tools that brings the existence of peace and unity amongst us in this climate called Nigeria and by extension, the Global community at large. Bauchi state football association under Patrick Pascal, a member of Order of Niger (MON) has been witnessing total transformation gradually but in systematical ways since he assumed the stead of leadership.
Pascal is one of the major grassroots developers in Bauchi and has contributed a lot to the development of football because, the state also availed him enough opportunities to play the game to the highest level, and now, as an administrator, MON, as he is fondly called by his admirers, leaped towards making sure that Bauchi state stands tall, not just in terms of football development but also as a state that Promotes peace and unity across its spectrum of the 20 local government.
The Bauchi state FA chairman in his wisdom believes such a project on peaceful coexistence amongst his people needs to be piggybacked on a man of peace, known as Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, the current Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET FUND) in Nigeria.
Many football lovers in the state of Pearl of tourism accepted the choice of man of honor, Suleiman Bogoro for his name symbolizes Peace and research however shown that, he has been contributing to youths development even before he became who he is today; hence, Patrick Pascal (MON) and his team of like- minds ( Board Members) decided to inscribed Professor Suleiman Bogoro’s name as the title sponsor. The tournament will cut across the 3 zones, namely; Katagum, Central zone, and Bauchi zone.
According to the Chairman of Bauchi state football association cum Super Eagles coordinator Patrick Pascal:
‘’It is a new era of football development in Bauchi state and Professor Suliman Elias Bogoro’s competition is just a launchpad amongst other talent identification programs we have in our transformational football books.
The decision on Bogoro’s peace and unity cup in Bauchi state came as a result of his immense contribution to people’s lives in our state, indiscriminately; in term of Education and other areas that guarantee the survival of mankind’’ he stated enthusiastically
Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro peace and unity football competition involves 40 teams in Katagum/ Central zone from group A to H; meaning 5 teams in each of the 8 groups and it would be the same format in the Bauchi zone as well. This will be unprecedented Peace and Unity Football Competition in Bauchi state with 80 grassroots teams jostling to position themselves for the Diadem in the state of Pearl of tourism.