Lafiaji Football Club has emerged winner of the 2018 Oba’s Cup football tournament.
The competition is inaugurated by Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, to celebrate the 25th Coronation Anniversary of His Royal Majesty, Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye, JP, OON, Sateru ӏӏ, Ojomu of Ajiranland by fostering the spirit of sportsmanship among the youths in Eti-Osa community and its environs.
The Football tournament kicks off September 22nd and ended Monday, October 22nd 2018 at the newly built Ajiran Stadium in an exciting climax, as indigenes of the community as well as visitors trooped to the stadium to witness the display of skills and sportsmanship from the teams.
It was a month of entertainment and celebration of the Oba’s anniversary as everyone who witnessed were elated by the euphoria of sportsmanship displayed during the games.
For their efforts, Lafiaji Football Club clinched the grand prize of N500,000 as the winner of the competition, Tobalase Football Club who came second got N300,000, while Ajiran Football Club came third went home with N200,000. Also, the highest goal scorer and the Best Goal Keeper rewarded with N100, 000 cash prize respectively.
During the tournament, 32 games were played by 16 teams during the period and each team got a participation fee of N50,000 each in addition to their respective football jerseys, all provided by the sponsors, Victoria Crest Homes Limited, a real estate company providing affordable housing solutions in Lagos, Nigeria.
Congratulating the winners at the event, His Royal Majesty, Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye extended his show of sportsmanship to all the teams for their display of sportsmanship by competing in harmony and love during the one month tournament period.
“I congratulate all winners and competing teams for displaying the spirit of oneness, peace, togetherness, unity and love throughout the period. Indeed, this is what football preaches and this tournament has helped to instill these virtues in our youths,” he said.
Also speaking was the sponsor, Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, stated that it was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to throw its weight behind the football tournament to encourage the spirit of sportsmanship among the youths in the area.
“The games were to celebrate our Royal Father and we have achieved this by competing as brothers in the tournament through our display of sportsmanship,” he said.
All participating teams showered encomiums on the sponsor, Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo for supporting the youths through sports by building and donating the new Ajiran stadium complete with flood lights to the community. They also prayed for Oba Akinloye, whose Coronation
Anniversary has given them the platform to showcase their skills in the spirit of celebration.