19th October, 2021
The organizers of Ottasolo Elephant Cup, a grassroots football competition in Ogba Ashade, Agege, Lagos, have pledged N500, 000 for the winners at the end of the 2021/2022 season matches.
Mr. Gafar Busari, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Ottasolo Elephant Cup Ogba, made the disclosure at Ogba Ashade Palace during the draw and grouping of the 12 teams that would partake in the 2021/2022 season matches on Monday.
According to him, the 2021/2022 competition will be better organized than the previous season.
“We are going to improve better than last season for both players and the best team this season.
“The most valuable player will be selected and the best team will all be compensated respectively.
“Also the best supporters group will be rewarded, all this has been put in place to encourage and engage our youths.
“The winners will be rewarded with N500,000, while the second and third place winners will also be rewarded with N250,000 and N100,000 respectively,’’ he said.
Mr. Felix Ajanaku, the Chairman football Committee, of Ottasolo Elephant Cup said teams were urged to caution their supporters during the matches to maintain peace and tranquility.
Ajanaku said that with the cooperation of the teams and their supporters the 2021/22 season matches would be improved and advanced more than the previous ones.
“The success of the matches and security depend on our attitudes, we know ourselves very well and any team’s supporters that want to cause trouble will be sanctioned,’’ he added.
The committee’s chairman said stakeholders and team leaders had signed “No Violence Undertaken’’ to ensure everyone talked to his people when the matches kick off on Oct. 24.
Ajanaku also tasked each team to pay any fine allotted to them during the competition before coming to the next match.
“Every team must be ready to abide by the rules and regulations which is very vital for the progress of the competition.’’
The competition has been existing for over 20 years where many of the teams’ players have earned both national and international offers.
“We thank the sponsors OTTASOLO for the kind gesture toward the success of the Elephant Cup Competition yearly,’’ he said.
Mr. Oseni Moruf, the Chairman of the OTTASOLO Elephant Cup competition, also advised the players to imbibe a fair play attitude during the matches, adding that the tournament was not a do-or-die affair.
“This is a competition, it is not a do or die tournament, and there must be fair play among the players.
“Teams must exercise brotherliness and ensure the matches are worthy to watch, the games should not scare the spectators away through violence because of the amount involved,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 11 teams were on Sunday drawn to groups to kick start the season’s matches at Ogba Ashade Place playing ground.
Group A has Peace Maker FC, Skin Rara FC, Bit Express FC, and Unique FC, while in Group B are Assembly FC, Toma FC, D’ Great FC, and Jandor FC.
The third group has Omo BetterFC, Scope FC, Oju Oja FC, and God Father FC.
NAN also reports that Ottasolo/Elephant Cup competition 2021/2022 season will kick off on Oct. 24, with 5-A-Side matches that will be watched by over 2,000 spectators at Ogba Ashade Palace Agege Lagos.