Lafiaji Football Club has won the 2018 Oba’s Cup and clinched the grand prize of Five Hundred Thousand Naira at the just concluded Football Tournament in commemoration of the 25th Coronation Anniversary of His Royal Majesty, Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye, JP, OON, Sateru ӏӏ, Ojomu of Ajiranland.
Tobalase Football Club came second and got Three Hundred Thousand Naira after battling with Lafiaji FC in a dramatic final that held on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 at the newly built Ajiran Stadium in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State. Ajiran Football Club came third in the competition and went home with Two Hundred Thousand Naira. The highest goal scorer at the tournament got One Hundred Thousand Naira and the Best Goal Keeper also got One Hundred Thousand Naira.
The Oba’s Cup is a football competition inaugurated by Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, Chief Executive Officer of Nedcomoaks Limited and Victoria Crest Homes Limited, to celebrate the 25th Coronation Anniversary of the Oba by fostering the spirit of sportsmanship among the youths in Eti-Osa community and its environs.
The sponsor, Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, stated that it was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to throw its weight behind the football tournament to encourage the spirit of sportsmanship among the youths in the area. “The games were to celebrate our Royal Father and we have achieved this by competing as brothers in the tournament through our display of sportsmanship,” he said.
The elated Oba, His Royal Majesty, Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye, JP, OON, Sateru ӏӏ, Ojomu of Ajiranland also extended his show of sportsmanship by congratulating all the winners and competing teams for their display of sportsmanship by competing in harmony and love during the one month tournament period. “I congratulate all winners and competing teams for displaying the spirit of oneness, peace, togetherness, unity and love throughout the period. Indeed, this is what football preaches and this tournament has helped to instill these virtues in our youths,” he said.
All participating teams showered encomiums on the sponsor, Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo for supporting the youths through sports by building and donating the new Ajiran stadium complete with flood lights to the community. They also prayed for Oba Akinloye, whose Coronation Anniversary has given them the platform to showcase their skills in the spirit of celebration.
32 games were played by 16 teams during the period and each team got a participation fee of Fifty Thousand Naira each in addition to their respective football jerseys, all provided by the sponsors, Victoria Crest Homes Limited, a real estate company providing affordable housing solutions in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Football Tournament which kicked off in September 22nd, 2018 at the newly built Ajiran Stadium came to an interesting climax on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 as spectators from the community trooped to the stadium to witness the display of skills and sportsmanship from the teams. It was a month of entertainment and celebration of the Oba’s anniversary as indigenes and visitors were elated by the euphoria of sportsmanship displayed during the games.