FINALS TO BE PLAYED ON SATURDAY
The 9th edition of the ‘Oluwa Ni Nshola football tournament’ has reached its climax with the final matches of the competition coming up on Saturday, 14th December, 2019. These matches will be held at the 5000 capacity Araromi Youth Development Center Playing ground, Gbagada.
The grassroots tournament which is tagged: ”The Victory Cup”, will see Oshitelu FC slug it out against Achievers FC in the first semifinal, while the winner of the United FC and Kolombia FC match, will square up against the winner between Kelmac FC and Billionaire FC for the second semifinal slot.
To get through to this stage, Oshitelu FC successfully defeated Jackpot FC and Makanaky FC by a lone goal each; and edged out Ogudu FC with an 11-10 victory, via a pulsating penalty shoot-out after playing 1-1 in regulation time.
The football tournament which is arguably the most prestigious grassroots football competition in Lagos East Senatorial District, kicked off in a colorful atmosphere last week Saturday, 7th of December 2019, with 32 grassroots soccer teams on parade displaying beautiful and ingenious football artistry.
In the first match of the tournament, Makanaky FC knocked out one of the tournament’s favorite, Ikorodu Bombers, by a lone goal to set the ball rolling.
The results of other matches played are as follows: Glorious FC vs Ketu Grassroots FC 0-2, Kolombia vs Kennery FC 1-0, City Fruit Escola vs Ogudu FC 0-0 (Pen. 1-2), Finini FC vs Achievers FC 0-0 (Pen. 2-3), Golden Stars FC vs Star Boy FC 1-1 (Pen. 1-2), Synergy FC vs Odiah FC 1-0, Jackpot FC vs Oshitelu FC 0-1, Farmcity FC vs Sporting Royal FC 0-0 (Pen. 2-3), Billionaire FC vs Shaggy FC 1-0, Synergy FC vs Aromoleti FC 1-1 (Pen. 2-3), United FC vs Legend FC 1-1 (Pen. 3-2), Star Boy FC vs Makanaki FC 1-1 (Pen. 2-3),Aromoleti FC vs Achievers FC 0-0 (Pen. 2-3), Oshitelu FC vs Makanaki FC 1-0, Achievers FC vs Sporting Royal FC 1-1 (Pen. 3-2), Kelmac FC vs Ketu Grassroots FC 2-1, OGUDU FC vs Oshitelu FC 1-1, (Pen. 10-11).
The tournament which is proudly sponsored by a host of private and public organisations such as Bet9ja, Guinness, Icebox, beta travel, Winnie supermarket, Farm City, Bayo Osinowo Foundation, Kosofe Local Government, etc., had several local and international football scouts on ground to recruit exceptional talents.
The grassroots football tournament according to the event Organizer, Mr. Ebi Okojie John, in an exclusive chat with Kosofe Voice, revealed that the event was actually designed to take promising grassroots talents to the next level as there were many scouts present.
According to him, apart from international scouts taking young talents to European clubs for trials, the most valuable player of the tournament will be sponsored to Dubai for leisure. He added that the winner of the 3-day tournament will go home with a cash prize of #700,000; runner up will receive #500,000, while the third place team takes #250,000.
Similarly, the tournament project coordinator, Mr. Adewale Tokan Lawal, stated that the tournament was conceptualized to positively engage the youth. He said: “the initiative is driven by the need to help the youth in the community to become better people especially during the ember season. Ember season is known for getting the youth engaged in negative vices.”
“Part of our drive in Lagos East is to look into our youth and try to get them engaged in something, particularly this period of the year, so that they don’t engage themselves in things that will make them victims of the law.
“Sports is one thing that unites people, most especially football. So the initiative has taken football as a tool for youth engagement. As you can see today, so many people have come from different parts of the state to come and view these matches”.
The popular football tournament is the initiative of a vibrant young man, Hon. Lanre Oladunjoye a.k.a ‘Omo Olore’, who is currently the Supervisor for Education in Kosofe Local Government.
The tournament is well known to have produced great football players plying their trades at home and abroad.