By Sam Eyoboka
UNITY Football Competition, an initiative of The Strong Nation Ministry’s (TSN) enters its crucial stage this weekend as eight teams slug it out for the finals of the Unity Cup competition. Another set of eliminations have just been concluded in The Strong Nation Ministries funded Unity Cup as the final eight teams take the stage to slug it out for the finals of the football competition.
The quarter-final stages which holds at the Baptist Academy Playground, Obanikoro, Lagos from next Saturday, will feature Evergreen Football Academy, Peace Football Club, Dynamite Football Club, United Football Club, Obanikoro United Football Club, Glory Youths Football Club as well as O2 Football Club, Baobab Football Academy. According to the organisers of the competition, the eight teams are expected to take to the pitch at various times over the next week to slug it out for a place in the semi-finals of the competition and hopefully the finals.
The semi-finals will begin on May 21 with the finals on May 28 promises to be an interesting one as the competition has picked up interest from the local communities across Lagos and even the Lagos State Football Association.
The competition, an initiative of the church’s Community Rejuvenation Programme (CRP) has become a veritable ground for football scouts to recruit potentials from among the abundant talents in the country. The Unity Cup began with 16 teams at the group stages who faced each other to earn a spot in the top two and by so doing qualify for the knock-out stages.
Adeniyi Adekunle, pastor of the Gbagada-based The Strong Nation Ministries, the organizers of the football competition told our reporter that the competition is just another opportunity for the church to impact society for the better.
“It is every church’s divine mandate to impact our society for good. We are to make a difference in the lives of the poor, the under-privileged, the youths and any disadvantaged group. We feel that this is an integral part of our ministry as a local assembly. If we are not touching and changing lives, we are not fulfilling our mandate,” said Pastor Adekunle.
Kunle Oludapo, Project Co-ordinator for the Community Rejuvenation Programme (CRP) at The Strong Nation Ministries said that the Unity Cup is just one of many platforms used to reach out to our community.
“The CRP is a platform under which we run various projects like the Adult Literacy Class, Medical Outreach etc.
The platform is what we employ in fulfilling our mandate to positively impact lives,” he said, adding that through a careful selection process, 16 boys will be chosen from the competition to take part in a social development exercise which includes giving them career, personal and educational mentoring to help them excel in life.