At MRS U-12 Kids’ Cup, grassroots sports is top priority

Catch them young… A K & B Academy player (left) tackled by the Captain, Young Boys Academy, Afolabi Yusuf, during the final of MRS U-12 Kid’s Cup held at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos…at the weekend.

Catch them young… A K & B Academy player (left) tackled by the Captain, Young Boys Academy, Afolabi Yusuf, during the final of MRS U-12 Kid’s Cup held at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos…at the weekend.

Organisers of the annual MRS U-12 kids’ Cup competition have explained that the competition would help children realise their potential in football at early stage. The tournament is also a way for MRS Oil Nigeria Limited to give back to the society.

It was all fun for the kids in Lagos last Friday when children from different parts of the state gathered at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island, to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day.

The competition, which lasted for two months, involved 64 male and 32 female teams from all the local councils in Lagos State. A total of 93 matches were played with 1,920 kids participated in the tournament and over 190 goals recorded during the tournament.

At the end of the event, which was the fourth in the series, Young Boys Academy of Ajah emerged winner by thrashing K&B Ace, Dopemu 4-0 in the final.

The exceptional display of innocence, skill and overwhelming bravery by the captain of Young Boys Football Academy, eight-year-old Afolabi Yusuf, caught the attention of all spectators present at the venue, as he rolled the ball past his much bigger opponents.

Apart from monetary reward, trophies and medals were awarded to the teams and individuals who distinguished themselves in the tournament

The Managing Director of MRS Oil Nigeria Limited, Andrew Gbodume, said the company would continue sponsoring the competition, which according to him, has achieved its purpose of aiding football development at the grassroots level.

Gbodume stressed that the company decided to sponsor the tournament as a way of ‘giving back’ to the society and also brining out the best in the youth, adding that if the youth were properly engaged, they would be useful to the society.

Gbodume described sports as a unifying factor saying: “The youths need to be occupied in order not to become touts in the society. I can see future stars among the players that featured in this tournament. If they are properly engaged, they will be useful to the society.”

“The best teams won the finals. It is a fantastic event and we are proud to have continuously organized and sponsor this competition.

I want to assure you that the 5th anniversary of this remarkable initiative would be bigger and better.”



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