2nd U-13 JOF Football Championship Kicks Off In Lagos

Posted on March 4, 2021
FLASHBACK: Lagos Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Segun Dawodu (middle) presenting the MVP award to Boluwatife Thompson of Abu Babes, while Dr. Segun Olugboyegun,the Managing Director/CEO of JOF Nigeria Limited looks on during the finals of maiden edition of JOF U-13 Cup in Lagos in 2019

The second edition of Under-13 Football Competition sponsored by JOF Nigeria Limited kicked off last Saturday, 27 February with faceoff between AZ Zola Babes Ijegun and Flaming Boys of Lagos Island.

In a statement, Adeyinka Adetunji, Director of Strategic Support Services, JOF Nigeria Limited, said that 32 football clubs are participating in the second edition of the competition tagged “Kick Starting the Dreams.”

The competition organized to help the children showcase their soccer talents will be played on knock-out basis to ultimately trim down the number of participating clubs to four for the finals expected to take place at a date to be announced later at the Campus Mini Stadium, Ajele, Lagos Island.

All matches will be played in line with the NCDC Covid-19 protocols and regulations.

JOF Nigeria Limited is a manufacturing company and a supply chain services provider to multinational organisations operating in the Foods & Beverage industry sector in Nigeria with subsidiary investments in property.

Adetunji said the company is sponsoring the football competition because of its firm believe in positively impacting the lives as well as development of Nigerian children using sports and other platforms.

“JOF has taken responsibility to encourage, inspire and empower and support children with talents in the game of soccer to achieve the highest possible level of their aspirations in the beautiful game, while also helping to create leaders and individuals that will inspire other young ones for similar roles in the society,” he said.

P.M. EXPRESS reports that the first edition of the sq1chool sports football competition had its final played at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island on Sunday with youngsters from Abu Babes of Ibeju Lekki showed their supremacy over their opponents, AZ Zola Football Club from Ijegun. They won the final match 5-3 and a prize money of the sum of N200, 000. AZ Zola who came second were rewarded with the sum of N150, 000.

The third place match was a tough tie between Aguda United of Aguda Surulere and Zamak Babes. The match entered penalty shootouts after the regulation time ended in 2-2 draw. It was Aguda United which eventually won the match after the penalties ended 4-3. Aguda United pocketed the sum of N100, 000, while the fourth placed team, Zamak Babes won N50, 000.

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