The second edition of the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini-Tournament was held with much funfare at the Campos Square, Lagos on Sunday.
Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila was there, as well as NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission Deji Tinubu, NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko, NFF Board Member Sunday Dele-Ajayi and Hon. Nduka Irabor.
There were also the Seirki of Egbaland, Oba Tosin Fadare, President of the Nigeria Referees Association Tade Azeez, President of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club Rafiu Oladipo and Chairmen of Football Associations of Ogun and Oyo States, Ganiyu Majekodunmi and James Odeniran. Former Ekiti State FA chairman Isaac Ayodele was also in attendance.
Akinwunmi, who captained the Igbobi College Old Boys Association and Friends in the veterans’ game against Amaju Pinnick –led All-Stars said at the end: “I am very excited because this is only the second edition and yet, it feels like it has been going on for decades. The number of dignitaries, the atmosphere, the goodwill, I’m so happy.
“I believe there is no greater joy in giving back to the society, and the I’m very comfortable with the cause that the Seyi Akinwunmi Foundation has chosen.”
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who played the entire duration of the veterans’ game and scored a stunner for the opening goal in his team’s 3-2 win, said: “The twin factors of assisting the young ones to attain academic and sporting excellence by the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation is noble. We must commend Seyi Akinwunmi for coming up with this idea.
“The present NFF administration is committed to youth development, so we will always give total support to projects like this.”
NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko, who also played the entire duration of the veterans’ game, on the side of the All-Stars that posted some eye –catching displays, also lauded the Akinwunmi Foundation: “There is absolutely nothing like giving back to the humanity. This program is spot-on in the area of charity and youth development and deserves the support of every lover of humanity.”
Conceived as a special project to give back to the society, by an individual who is much in love with the young ones, the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini Tournament is the eponymous charity event organized by the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation.