The fifth edition of the yearly Bola Akindele Football Tournament tagged: ‘The Eko Youth Cup’ for the U-15 boys and girls has commenced with 64 teams from across Lagos State competing in the male and female categories.
Teams taking part in the competition are currently engaged in round-robin fixtures at three venues namely Okobaba Sports Complex, Ebute Meta; Elegbata Sports Complex, Lagos Island and St. John Primary School, Meiran.
During the unveiling trophies for the tournament, the sponsor, Adebola Akindele, said the reason for the competition was to empower the youth.
“We want to contribute to national development through sports by bankrolling the competition, while we hope that these players will seize the opportunity afforded them to better their careers,” he said.
Akindele, who presented trophies to the organisers, harped on the need to engage the youth positively and charged the Lagos State Grassroots Soccer Association to ensure that talents discovered from the competition are properly harnessed.
The top four teams and outstanding players in the competition will receive mouth-watering cash prizes with winners in both categories going home with N400,000.
The finals of the competition will hold on July 24 at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island.