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Street soccer tourney runners-up to embark on tour of South Africa

02 January 2013, 08:01

Lagos - Ajao Jimoh Street of Igando LCDA of Lagos State, runners-up in the MTN Lagos Street Soccer Tournament, will on Jan. 7 embark on an all-expenses-paid trip of South Africa.

Deji Aladedemi, the tournament’s Secretary who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, revealed that the team would spend six days in South Africa. He said the 12-man team made of 10 players and two officials would be exposed to modern skills in football to aid the players improve on their natural talent.

"These players were picked from the streets of Lagos, with raw talents as discovered. Therefore, there is every need to polish them to universal standard,” the official said. Aladedemi said the contingent would be handled there in South Africa by notable football experts, and would also train and compete with some clubsides with a view to sharpening their skills.

Speaking on the development, Innocent Oboh, MTN’s Mass Market Manager, said the company was willing to support youths to fulfill their dreams. He said the all-expenses-paid foreign tour was one of the innovations the company introduced to the tournament to make it more attractive.

"We will continue to support youths in their quest to soar high in life. It is a promise made, and it is promise fulfilled,” Oboh said. He praised the teams which participated in the tournament for putting in their best during the competition. "It was commendable to emerge winners, out of about 900 teams which featured in the tournament’s Season 5 was commendable,’’ the MTN official said.

He said one of the ways to get to the grass roots was to give young Nigerians the opportunity to get to the top. Oboh said MTN as a brand was committed to satisfying the dreams and yearnings of its teeming customers in different ways. NAN reports that Kilo Street of Lagos Island beat Ajao Jimoh Street 1-0 to claim the star prize of five million Naira.

The competition's runners-up got three million Naira for their efforts. The third-placed team in the tournament had just returned from a six-day trip of Ghana, while the star prize winners would soon be going to Spain as part of their winnings.


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