19th March, 2012
Students from 20 private-owned secondary schools in Lagos State will today put aside their studies to take part in the CWAY Tigo Private School Soccer Challenge holding at the Astro Turf of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
In the matches that will be played today P&K College of Amuwo-Odofin will battle Marjos International College of Mushin, Dansol High School of Ikeja will face Great Trinity College of Apapa, while Eni Ade Royal High School of Ojodu will tackle Starfied College of Ifako-Ijaiye in the last match of the day.
The five-day tourney, which is an inaugural edition, is being sponsored by CWAY Food and Beverages Nigeria Company Limited in conjunction with Atico Global Concepts.
At the draw ceremony held in Lagos recently, CWAY Brand Communication Director, Auscar Ikoro, said their aim is to develop football at the grassroots as well as reawaken sporting talents in secondary schools in Lagos State.
“The championship will help the students to interact among themselves and also bring out the best in them.
“We are using this medium to call on Team Lagos coaches to come and scout for quality players during the tournament ahead of the Lagos National Sports Festival,” he said.
National Sales Manager of CWAY, Tony Ogunmola, in his own remark, said their decision to sponsor the tourney should not be seen as a promotional platform to launch their products, but noted that they want to contribute their own quota to football development in schools across the state.
He advised the students not to see the tourney as a do or die affair, but to see it as a means of combining education with sports.
Veteran sports journalist, Paul Bassey, who also graced the occasion, implored the organisers of the tourney to ensure fairness and spirit of competitiveness among the students throughout the championship.