Int Youth Football Tourney: Olukoya Charges Teams

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General Overseer of Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries MFM, Dr Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, has charged participating players to be good ambassadors of their teams when the annual Dr.Olukoya International Youth Football Competition kicks off on Monday at the Prayer City, along Lagos-Ibadan Express Way.

Olukoya said the tourney is organised to reposition the youth, revive their spiritual lives and seek God’s favour in their chosen careers.

He advised them not to take the tourney as a do or die affair, but see it as an avenue where the youth members of the ministry can share experience and ideas.

Organisers have made solid arrangement for the accommodation and feeding of the participating teams from 40 regions of MFM across Africa that are expected to arrive this Saturday ahead of the competition.

Three matches will be played on opening day while five matches will hold on Tuesday at the Legacy pitch of National Stadium, Surulere and prayer City football pitch simultaneously.

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The annual football competition started in 2007 with only MFM branches in Lagos participating. MFM Headquarters won the maiden edition, but the second edition was enlarged to accommodate teams from outside Lagos and MFM Ilorin beat MFM Calabar to emerge champions.

A year later, the sport loving Dr. Olukoya allowed MFM regions outside Nigeria to be part of the event and thus teams from Chad, Cameroon, Ghana and Burkina Faso participated

Last year, newly appointed Nigerian under 17 assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade, led MFM Ikeja football team to lift the trophy at the expense of MFM Headquarters.

—Sunday Akintoye