Ablaze FA Win First Lekki Sports Consulting Cup In Lagos
Ablaze FA, Lagos have emerged champions of the maiden Lekki Sports consulting Cup Invitational Tournament which ended at the National Stadium, Lagos at the weekend.
Ablaze FA pipped their co-finalists, Kiddos RA 1-0 in a thrilling but difficult played under the rain at the legacy pitch of the bowl of the stadium.
The third place match saw Legend FC defeat KidSport 7-6 on penalties after a 1-1 full time score to emerge third placed and fourth placed teams respectively..
The competition which took place between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4 with 12 amateur football clubs across Lagos was sponsored by Arinze Madueke, proprietor of Okaka FC, Lagos.
Lawal Warris of Ablaze FA was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament while Benson Victor of Kidsport U15 was Best Young Player
The best Goalkeepers award.went to Olumide Solanke while Abdul Saka of Kiddos RA and Tomola Megba of Legend FC were highest scorers with three goals and one assist each.
Speaking shortly after presenting trophies and medals to deserving winners, the tournament’s sponsor, Madueke said the aim of the competition was to identify and support talented footballers.
Madueke who is also the Chairman of Zidora Group and Zidora Foundation said he was out to maximise the power of football to enhance the lives of young people across the country.
“Ultimately the whole idea is to know that we have been able to identify talents and we will be able to give them the support they need to actually excel and move forward with their career.
“As a firm advocate for grassroots football, Chief Madueke said the tournament will also be held in other parts of the Country.
“We won’t stop at just the Lagos tournament as the plan is to take it to Abuja and Awka to give budding talents in those Cities and environs same opportunities.
“I know there are budding talents in the Northern and South Eastern parts of the Country so we want to also see them in action and pick the best to benefit from the lofty plans we have for them”, he said.
In addition, Dr Madueke who is also the Chairman of Zidora Group of Companies and Zidora Aid Foundation said he is out to maximise the power of football in enhancing the lives of young people across the country.
“I am passionate about this tournament because I know the important role that grassroot football plays as a starting point for most players’ pathways and I know the true value of football and the opportunities it can provide to young people and I am looking forward to doing a whole lot more.”