23rd December, 2010
National Cordinator of Odua Peopleâ€™s Congress, Chief Gani Adams, has donated the sum of N200, 000 for the winners of this yearâ€™s Gani Adams Cup, which beganÂ on Monday at the Abete Playground, Iwaya, Lagos State.
The winners will go home with the sum of N100,000 and a giant trophy, the first runner up will pocket N50,000, while clubs at the third and fourth positionsÂ will receive N30,000 and N20,000Â respectively.
AddressingÂ journalists recently in his office, Adams said he sponsored the competition because of the love he has for the round leather game. He believesÂ that Nigeriaâ€™s youths can do away with social vices and be empowered if sporting activities are organised regularly.
â€œIt is high time we empower our youths. Social vices can be reduced in Lagos and Nigeria at large if thereÂ areÂ regular grassroots competitions that canÂ keep our youths busy especially as the Nation prepares for the general elections next year,â€ he said
Responding, match cordinator, Aliu Ganiu, expressed gratitude to the sponsor for his kind gesture.
He described the cup donor as a sport loving person who has used his wealth and popularity to sponsor the football tournament in his own name.
â€œWe are fully ready to give our best to ensure that this yearâ€™s edition surpasses the previous ones.We are aware of the challenges ahead but we want toÂ assure the participating teams and other officials that we are equal to the task,â€ he said
Meanwhile, in the opening matches played on Tuesday,Â Abu lost 1-2 to All Stars, Alaro beat Flaming 1-0, Beachland drawn 2-2 with BacaÂ while Sola FC lostÂ 1-3 to Glory FC.
Action continues today when All Stars will face Flaming, while Alaro tackle Abu in the second match of the day.