By Saheed Afolabi
The Honorable Rasaq Ajala (HRA) Youth Cup 2nd edition is scheduled to begin soon at Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA, Lagos State.
The competition which centered around youths in age grade category promises to be a fun filled event and to engage the kids who are in their long term holiday.
Speaking to ECHONEWS, the LOC chairman of HRA Youth Cup, Azeez Mustapha said the competition aim at engaging youths and remove them from equation of tools willing to use them to wreak havoc in the society.
“The HRA Youth Cup aims to productively engage youths on the football pitch.
“The influence of football on our energetic youth cannot be underestimated and it is very important to note that the HRA Youth cup, running into the second edition has been very influential in the youth bracket of the local government. Hence the need to extend it beyond the shores of the local council.
“The 2nd edition of the HRA youth cup seeks to create a fun-filled football atmosphere for youth who are on break from school and have not traveled anywhere to enjoy the long break. The competition aims to engage them in their sport and also remove them from the equation of the willing tools that will wreak havoc on the state during the long break.
“Just like I have said that the competition is designed to create a platform for youths to display their talents and enjoy their break. The Executive Chairman of Odi Olowo Ojuwoye LCDA Hon Rasak Ajala (HRA) has declared that the competition is played for free.
“So the 20 teams and 300 players that will compete in the competition across 8 local governments and local councils will compete for free. At the end of the competition, there will be trophy for the champions, medals for the winners and runners-up, and prize money.
“Also, individual awards such as Most Valuable Player, Highest goal scorer, Best goalkeeper, and goal of the competition will be given out. Ultimately the tournament allows the youth to display their God-given talent and also avoid social vices.”
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