By Sobenna Nwagbo.
Manfred Nzekwe, the commissioner for Youths and Sports in Enugu on Tuesday 4th May, 2021 unveiled Teqball Sports and urged the association to hunt for players that will represent the state in national competitions.
Unveiling the Teqball game inside Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium,Enugu Nzekwe urged youths to take advantage of the game.
Teqball is an individual game that is being played with head, legs and other parts of the body except hands.
The game is being played with curved table and it can accommodate double players, single player and mixed double players like the game of tennis. It is a combination of some elements of football and table Tennis.
He said that Enugu State Government loves sports and will do everything in its power to nurture and grow the game.
According to him, “today, Enugu State is inaugurating the Teqball Association and introducing the game in the state. When you talk of Enugu State in Nigeria, you talk about sports and that is why we always aim at diversifying sports,”Nzekwe said.
The chairman of Teqball Association in Enugu State, Amobi Ezeaku said, “the game first started in Budapest in Hungary. The game is today being played in many countries of the world like, Hungary, Brazil and others and it is the fastest developing sports in the world today”.
Ezeaku who is also the Rangers International FC of Enugu Team Manager, said that, “Enugu State will do its best to be among the contestants in years to come. Teqball is being given recognition in Nigeria and i think, this game will be played at the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Delta State,” he said.
He noted that the game will soon be an Olympic game as it is growing very fast in the world of sports.
Amaechi Agbo a trained coach for teqball, said that the game came into Nigeria in 2018 from Hungary. Agbo said that, “Teqball Association organised trainings for coaches and referees and Enugu State sponsored four people. Now, Enugu State has two referees and two coaches of Teqball and among the highest from the state of the federation,”Agbo said.
Chibuzor Madu, a former Rangers FC players and a new discovered teqball player said the sports is equivalent to football.
“This game fits players more because it is all about the football technique and it is a game of the mind. Teqball is a game of mental strength and you need to play it with all your mind and it is a game I love to play”.
He added, “I have seen football star players play the game and I believe that footballers will do well in the game as it involves the head and the legs, ” Madu said.