Elepe grassroots sport developers, a soccer organisation intended for discovering fresh talents across communities in Ikorodu is putting up with the last quarter of 2022 in top gear.
Discerning the role of sport in steering socio-economic growth, the organisation flags off an annual soccer tournament to detect young local talents, uncovering them to better opportunities.
With 30 teams making the total draws of the competition, only 16 teams ended up making the table for games that will run till on the 6th 0f November 2022.
Consisting of four (4) groups A-D, the game officially kicked off on Saturday, 15th of October at Elepe secondary school pitch.
Coach Adekunle Jagnor (CAF, NIF), organiser of the competition notified Ikorodu News Network (INN) that the tournament is meant to delight lovers of grassroot football, sponsored by Engr. Femi Hassan, a project coordinator for Arab Contractors.
According to the former Ikorodu united coach, the essence of the playoffs is to take youths away from crime by keeping them focused and busy pursuing their dreams.
He continued, “We’ve just started but people have been commending our efforts, the massive turnout of football lovers on Saturday showed they need attractions like this in the community”.
“Aside from the game, our sponsor is ready to take players to any level in their respective careers as long as they’re ready to comply, including team managers as well”.
“It is all about discipline, could you believe that we just discovered a player in this competition, who’s a yam and pepper seller? That’s the essence of what we’re doing”.
“At the end of it all, 1st prize winning team of the maiden edition is expected to go home with the sum of fifty thousand naira (50,000.00), 2nd prize with thirty thousand naira (30,000.00) and 3rd prize with twenty thousand naira (20,000.00) appropriately”.
“There is also an award for the best player and highest goal scorer” Coach Kunle asserted
Engr. Femi Hassan Gold Cup Fixtures; Group A – Planet FC, K Cash FC, Ambode Home Boys FC and Infinity FC.
Group B – Adosag FC, Active Exceptional FC, Sunday Set FC and Balogun Jaiyesimi FC.
Group C – Future Talent FC, Yomaraz FC, Eazigo FC and Cele FC
Group D – Thick Nation FC, Formidable FC, Slas FC and Trojan FC.