14th September, 2012
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola will be the special guest of honour at the grand finale of season five of the MTN Lagos Street Soccer Championship.
The event scheduled for the Campos Mini Stadium in Lagos Island on Sunday, 16 September from 10am, will be exciting as top male, female and corporate teams will slug it out for the mouth watering prizes.
The Governor, who is a keen promoter of grassroots sports development, has always been part of the tournament since its inception in 2008.
The chief host is the Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Wahid Oshodi, and he will be joined by top dignitaries including the chairmen of local councils in the state.
For fans that will be present at the finale, lots of prizes have been lined up by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) through raffle draws.
According to the LOC, it became necessary to compensate the loyalty of the fans for their enormous support and interest in the tournament. “We want our fans to be part of the Sunday’s final and to reciprocate their unflinching support for this season, we will be given out various prizes to fans that will be at the finals on Sunday,” they stated.
The LOC added that the tickets for the raffle draws would be given free of charge to the fans with 42′ LCD TV as star prize, while juicy prizes will also be doled out at the finale.
However, some members of the victorious 2011 team, Lawal Akapo of Apapa have revealed that the tournament has empowered them to earn a living in life.
Skipper of the team, Azeez Ajadi admitted that travelling to Dubai after claiming the trophy last season has exposed him to world class while his views about turning professional in the game has changed.
“It has been great since we won the championship especially our trip to Dubai where we were privileged to play with a foreign team while we also visited some of the top clubs in the Dubai. For me, it is the dream of every footballer to travel and going to Dubai has indeed been an eye-opener for me. Apart from this, I have been able to start small business with the money I got from taking part in the competition. I now have my own business, which now help me to support my family,” Ajadi said.