4th July, 2011
Jakande Project Football Club have won the 3rd KidSport Charity Cup played at the Campos Square Mini Stadium, Lagos Island at the weekend.
The team defeated their counterparts from Child Life 3-2 on penalty shoot out to win the tournament designed to bring out football talent in the children at orphanage homes in Lagos, Nigeria.
It was celebration galore for the players and officials of Jakande Project who were led to the tournament by the Homeâ€™s Coordinator, Barry Phipps, when they were handed a cash prize of N100,000 and some gifts items by the Chief Organiser, Miss Bukola Alabi, who is also the Project Coordinator of the KidSport Charity Cup.
The runners up, Child Life team, were given the sum of N75, 000 and some gift items, while the third place winners, Friendship Project Initiative received the sum of N50, 000 and some gift items.
Jakande Projectâ€™s Barry Phipps, described the one-day competition as a good tourney that has helped discovered football talents from different orphanage homes since inception three year ago.
He noted that stars that will represent the country would be discovered from the tournament someday.
Miss Alabi said KidSport is an interactive kidâ€™s community with the goal of developing kids of diverse backgrounds, ages with interests in developing kids in business, sports, singing and public speaking.
She noted that the tournament provides a safe atmosphere of fun and fair play for the children of the Orphanage homes in Lagos.
â€œThe charity soccer game is held to raise funds for the training and care of children of different orphanages in the country and to add flare to it. Orphanage homes will have their registered teams play against each others for the ultimate goal of winning and taking home many more prizes,â€ she said.
Prince Wale Oladunjoye, Senior Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to Governor Raji Fashola, whose office collaborated with other sponsors to make the tournament possible, said that government will be involved in the future edition of the tournament.
He called on corporate organisations in the country to rally round the organisers in order to give the children at the Orphanage Homes a sense of belonging in the Nigerian society.
Some of the teams which took part in the tournament include Cital of Grace, SOS, Owu, SOS, Isolo; Destiny Child; Habitation of Hope and Friendship Project Initiative.
Corporate organisations such as Nigeria Bottling Company, First Deepwater, Horlicks, The Hardley Apartments, Superscreen, Zmirage, Indomie and Silverbird TV supported the KidSport Charity Cup this year.