The 1st vice chairman of the Nigeria football Federation, Seyi AKinwunmi, has announced September 1 and 2 for this year’s edition of the annual Seyi Akinwunmi U-13 Football Tournament.
Speaking during a press conference in Lagos on Monday, the chairman Lagos State FA said that his foundation, Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation, was purely for grassroots development of football and not a talent hunt.
The four participating teams were the semifinalists of this year’s edition of Channels Kids Cup – LGEA Central School, Kaiama, Kwara State, Emmanuel Anglican Nursery and Primary School, Oke Isa, Ado Ekiti, Baptist Government Primary School, Osogbo, Osun, and X-Planter Nursery and Primary School, Ikorodu Lagos State.
They will be joined by a school from an Internal Display Person Camp in Borno State, Abogo Larema Military School Biu, Borno State, and Eko Football Future Stars, Lagos State.
“We really appreciate those that will come to scout for the players, but the tournament is more than that, it is not a talent hunt but to support the indigent students in their education,” he said.
“In the next five years, this competition would have grown more than me because it is not about me; it is about support for the children.”
Akinwunmi announced that various educational materials would be given out during the tournament to support the students, adding that the school from Borno was invited as a fair play rule.
He added: “The school from Borno, Abogo Larema was invited as fair play rule because they stole the show during the last Channels International Kids Cup. These are kids from the state ravaged by insurgents and they were happy to come to Lagos State giving a good account of themselves in spite of their predicament.”