The First Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola’s maiden U-20 football championship has been slated to kick off May 13, 2016, at the Campus Mini Stadium, Ajele play ground on Lagos Island.
Organisers of the tournament, which is aimed at immortalising late business mogul and politician, Chief M K O Abiola have disclosed that entry forms for the championship are free and the deadline for the return of the completed forms is April 30.
No fewer than 50 local clubs will jostle for the coveted trophy and prize money.
According to the organizers of the championship tagged ‘’Afo Football’ championship, the objective is to commemorate the late Pillar of Sports, late MKO Abiola who single handedly sponsored clubs and promoted grassroots football development.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos to announce the championship, the organizer, Afolabi Onanaike (a.k.a Afo Guarantor) said he was inspired by the great deeds of the late Business Mogul, hence the need to immolates him by using the opportunity to discover talents.
“The final of this championship would be played every year. And it is dedicated to Abiola the Pillar of Sports.
“The competition is strictly for U20, we will not allow over aged players because the essence is to discover players young.”
“Abiola means a lot to us/ He was the father of sports. He was the one that built our local league. We cannot forget somebody like Abiola and that is why we are calling on the Lagos State Government and the Abiola family to support us.
“Ambode is a governor who loves youths and like he said in his campaign, he would support anything grassroots-based because it is a way of empowering the youth”, he concluded.