Applause As 2nd Akinwunmi Charity Tourney Ends In Style

It was a day of fun and applause as the second edition of the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini-Tournament ended with Team MTN winning the gold cup at the Campos Square Stadium in Lagos on Sunday.

Team MTN put up a classic display to defeat 36 Lion Investment 2-1 in an interesting final match. Before the grand finale, Lagos State pet teams in the U-13 and U-15 categories entertained the spectators as the young boys including a girl in one of the U-13 teams exhibited great football skills.

Also, the two teams that will represent Lagos State in the Glo Premier League, NPL next season, Ikorodu United and Mountain Of Fire and Miracles, MFM FC played an exhibition game with MFM winning with 2-0.

The Seyi Akinwunmi Mini Tournament, conceived as a special project to give back to the society is a charity event organized by the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation.

It’s objectives include rehabilitation of ailing ex-international footballers. Embedded therein also is a Courage Education Foundation (CEF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Nigerian child through the provision of quality education available to all Nigerian children irrespective of sex, faith or ethnicity, as well as Consolidation of The Future Stars Project, a grassroots football development program targeted at kids (mainly U-13) and hinged on the binary factors of sporting and academic excellence.

The who is who is Nigerian football fraternity was there to witness the well packaged event including Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission Deji Tinubu, NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko, NFF Board Member Sunday Dele-Ajayi and Hon. Nduka Irabor of the LMC.

There were also the Seirki of Egbaland, Oba Tosin Fadare, President of the Nigeria Referees Association Tade Azeez, President of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club Rafiu Oladipo and Chairmen of Football Associations of Ogun and Oyo States, Ganiyu Majekodunmi and James Odeniran. Former Ekiti State FA chairman Isaac Ayodele was also in attendance.

The sponsor of the event, Akinwunmi captained the Igbobi College Old Boys Association and Friends in the veterans’ game against Amaju Pinnick–led All-Stars.

After the event, Akinwunmi said: “I am very excited because this is only the second edition and yet, it feels like it has been going on for decades. The number of dignitaries, the atmosphere, the goodwill, I’m so happy.

“I believe in giving back to the society, and the I’m very comfortable with the cause that the Seyi Akinwunmi Foundation has chosen”.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who played the entire duration of the veterans’ game and scored a stunner for the opening goal in his team’s 3-2 win, said: “The twin factors of assisting the young ones to attain academic and sporting excellence by the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation is noble. We must commend Seyi Akinwunmi for coming up with this idea.

“The present NFF administration is committed to youth development, so we will always give total support to projects like this.”

NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko, who also played the entire duration of the veterans’ game, on the side of the All-Stars that posted some eye–catching displays, also lauded the Akinwunmi Foundation: “There is absolutely nothing like giving back to the humanity. This program is spot-on in the area of charity and youth development and deserves the support of every lover of humanity.”

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