It was fun at the Police Barracks Stadium in Ikorodu on Sunday as the 1st Tokunbo Abiru Lagos East Gold Cup came to an exciting end.
The tough road to the final saw Oladunjoye FC of Ikorodu facing Destiny Boys as the last two in the male category of the competition. An impressive Destiny Boys, however, carried the day by defeating their opponent by three goals to nothing with the team’s energetic striker scoring a hattrick.
The final was played under the watchful eyes of thousands of electrified spectators who trooped in from different parts of the Senatorial district to watch what they described as a first of its kind from a political aspirant.
The final also had in attendance top leaders of the All Progressives Party from the Senatorial district and beyond.
Earlier in the day, the final of female category was also played with Victory Queens of Elepe emerging champions after defeating their opponents by a lone goal.
The champions walked away with trophies, medals and cash prizes of N100,000 while the runners-up were also awarded mouth-watering cash prizes and silver medals.
The Senatorial football challenge which was organised by the Directorate of Youth of the Tokunbo Abiru Campaign Team was held in conjunction with the Ikorodu Divisional Football Association and the Epe Divisional Association.
The Director of the Tokunbo Abiru Campaign Team Director of Youth, Toyin Gafaar Bolowotan while speaking with newsmen present disclosed his optimism that Abiru was a lover of young people and has always encouraged them to do better in their different chosen fields of endeavours.
He further said that the football challenge was organised to discover more football talents in the Senatorial district while encouraging them to live their dreams and aim for the top.
“Tokunbo Abiru doesn’t joke with anything that concerns the youth. Asides being a lover and supporter of football which is one of the factors that gave birth to this competition, he also uses every opportunity he gets to motivate the younger ones on the need to be positive minded and hard working in their different chosen endeavours,” Bolowotan revealed.
The organisers further disclosed that the Tokunbo Abiru Lagos East Gold Cup will continue as an annual event to encourage local talents.