24th November, 2010
By WALE JOSEPH
Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area has planned to organise Five-A-Side tournament for the teams in the area.
The local government area, which produced the proud winner of the 2010 Lagos/ MTN Street Soccer and the Gulder Five- A â€“ Side football championships, are organising the tournament to prepare youths in area for the challenges ahead.
Chairman of the local council area, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, said there is no way to prepare the youths than to give them what they always yearn for as a means of livelihood, bearing in mind their outstandingÂ performance in different championships across the state and beyond.
â€œThis is where their passion lies andÂ it is also in furtherance of the state government policy of using sports to take the youths off the streets. Especially now that politicking is in the air, the life of our youths means a lot to us and will have to re-direct their thoughts, thinking and other activities from bad politics,â€ he stated.
The championship is opened to allÂ football teams that are based in the local government area.
It was revealed that the performance of 401 Planners Football team and Bablo football club of the local government at the Lagos/MTN Street Soccer championship and the Nationwide Gulder Five- A- Side tourney, with both sides emerging champions of both championships, informed the decision to organise the tournament in preparation for the challenges ahead.
Based on the their achievement in Lagos/MTN Street Soccer Champions tournament, the local council chairman said that teams have also at different times represented the country at different international competitions in Brazil and South Africa.
P.M.Sports gathered that various awards and prizes have be earmark to be won in the tournament, which holds from 6-8 December, this year.