Traditional ruler encourages youths to embrace local football

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The Olu Of Owode-Egba, Bankole Taiwo has charged the youths in the state to encourage local football and sports.

The traditional ruler made this charge at the second edition of the Egba Youth Football Championship draw held at the Alake Sport Center, Ijeja, Abeokuta.

Oba Taiwo stressed that patronising local sport would boost the economy and can also make the country compete with European countries.

Meanwhile, the draw which was anchored by notable journalist, Razaq Ayinla extended to 24 teams compared to 22 teams that participated in the last edition.
The championship will kick off on March 6, 2020 among 24 grassroots football clubs within the six local governments in Ogun central.

The teams were divided into six groups, with the winner and runners up and four best losers advanced to the round of 16.

One of the organizers of the competition, Alex Soyinka said that, the champions will go home with cash prize of N50,000, while individual Awards of MVP and Golden Boot to the highest goalscorer will come with cash prize.

Soyinka explained that, the competition was not for fun alone, but to facilitate developmental projects to the host community and serve as empowerment for the youths.

Meanwhile, the member, representing Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, Hon. Lanre Edun has promised to kit all the eight quarter-finalist teams with complete jerseys.

OFFICIAL: The Draw for the 2020 Egba Youth Football Championship

Group A
Gadmaj FC
FMC United
TACN FC
Egba Anglican Diocese FC

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Group B
Mabak FC
Infinity FC
Ogun NYSC FC
Jimalok FC

Group C
Mighty Jet FC
Surveyors FC
Eri Football Academy
Samba FC

Group D
Midas Touch FC
Unique Stars
Young Stars
Dream Team FC

Group E
Winners FC
Eddie Aina Boys
Oloyede FC
Favour FC

Group F
Ajegunle Boys
AR United
Allen Taylor Academy
Mighty Star FC


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