The 2015 Edition of the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini Tournament Kicks off this Saturday, 12 December, 2015 at the Onikan Stadium Lagos.
Following a very successful first outing in 2014 and also due to increased interest in the tournament the organizers have decided to make it bigger to accommodate a few more teams.
The Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini Tournament which was first staged last year as a one day event at the Campos Mini Stadium on Lagos Island and it is put together by friends and colleagues of Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi as part of activities to mark the Birthday of the Football Administrator who also happens to be the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) and 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
One of the major highlights of Last year’s event was the star match between the star studded Lagos All Star Team led by erstwhile Governor of Lagos State Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN and The association of professional footballers of Nigeria (APFON) Selected side, The Lagos team All Stars won the match by 4 goals to one.
This year’s Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini Tournament will run for three weekends in December with the first set of games kicking off this Saturday.
A total of 8 teams have been drawn into two groups of 4 teams each, which will see the two best teams in each group qualify for the semi-finals while finalist will emerge thereafter.
The opening game of the Tournament will see Team E-600 take on Team MTN and kick-off is 9am at the Onikan Waterfront, to be followed by 36 Lion Investments versus BURUJ also at the Onikan Stadium.
The Third game of the day starts at 1pm between Team LCM and Team WOZA, to be followed by the last game of the day Between Team ICOBA and Team TRINITY HOUSE at 3pm.
Sunday, 13 December will see all the teams converge at the Capos Mini Stadium for the second round of games.
Team E-600 will play the first game of the day against Team ICOBA at 9am, to be followed by the game between Team BURUJ vs Team LCM. At 1pm; Team WOZA and 36 LION INVESTMENT will do battle.
Team MTN versus Team TRINITY HOUSE is the last game of the day and its scheduled to kick off at 3pm.
Speaking during the draws, Chairman Of the LOC Mr Mojeed Adegbindin explained that the Charity mini Tournament was expanded to accommodate more teams, hence the need to spread the games across 3 weekends in December.
Adegbindin stated that All the eight teams participating in the Tournament will return to the Onikan Stadium on Sunda, 20 December for the last set of group games.
Team BURUJ will tackle Team WOZA in the first game of the tournament at 9am, followed by Team TRINITY HOUSE who will engage Team E-600, The third game of the day is between 36 LION INVESTMENT and Team LCM, while the final game of the group stages is between Team ICOBA and Team MTN.
The top team in group A will face the second team in Group B in the first Semi-Final, while the top team from Group B will do battle with the Second team in Group A.
Member of the LOC and President of the Nigeria Referees Association Alhaji Tade Azeez revealed that the final game of the Tournament will take place on 27 December, 2015 at the Campos mini Stadium Lagos.
The game will be preceded by an exhibition game between the Lagos Based Glo NPFL Flag Bearers MFM FC and Ikorodu United FC.
“This is to show Lagosians what the new NPFL Season has got in stock for football loving Lagosians who have been clamouring for top flight football in Lagos for years now”, Azeez said.