Belgium-based ex-youth football star, Emmanuel Olakunle Awosanmi has thanked the organisaing committee of a youth competition that he sponsored for youngsters in Mushin area of Lagos.
Although he could not travel home to witness the competition during the Christmas break, Awosanmi said he was impressed that members of the organising committee ensured a successful end to the contest.
Awosanmi confessed that he was overwhelmed with the good job and outstanding efforts all members of the committee put in to ensure the competition went well, even in his absence.
The former defender stated further that he is already thinking of the second edition, as he aims to keep putting something back into the system that produced him, while also trying to encourage kids to go beyond the level he reached before calling it quit with the game.
Chairman of the organising committee, Oscar Ezinwa Emmanuel thanked Awosanmi for the trust he reposed in the group, and pledged that they will do better in the next edition.
He admitted that there were some obstacles they had to cross, which occasioned a change in venue from Bishop Aggey High School, Ilasamaja to Saint Jude’s Primary School, Mushin, but affirmed that it was a major success on the whole.
Ezinwa Emmanuel added: “The climax was the general agreement of all the coaches and stakeholders to honor the sole sponsor Mr. Awosanmi Emmanuel Olakunle.
“We also agreed to introduce the tournament to other sport loving individuals for sponsorship/ support for the next edition. Aggressive sponsorship drive must begin immediately.
“We target a total of 48 clubs and for the competition to kick off earlier than before possibly by October 2019.
“As a result of tremendous interest shown by the grassroots clubs and stakeholders coupled with the conduct of the participating teams, preliminary work on the second edition has begun.”