By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT is to collaborate with Ejiwumi Foundation in taking grassroots football in the area to a greater height.
The Council Chairman, Alh. Mustapha Adamu, gave the indication Tuesday at the end of the final of this year’s edition of Ejiwumi Ramadan Football Cup Competition played on the field of the LEA Primary School, Old Kutunku, Gwagwalada by the two teams that made it to the final: Yerima Boys and Haruna Pai Boys.
Represented by the Chief Protocol Officer, Mr Haruna Usman, the Chairman, who made pledge of a token of N50, 000 to be collected within the week in support of the organising process, expressed delight at the initiative, saying the annual event, which is named after the sole sponsor’s corporate name, Ejiwumi, whose birth name is Alh. Musa Mudashiru, is the type that the community needed at this time to promote sense of belonging, unity and development among the people.
Appreciating the sponsor and the co-organisers, the Chairman said, “I would like to thank most sincerely the organisers of this event. We look forward to seeing more of this kind of gesture and we are ready to give the necessary support.
“I would like to be notified promptly at subsequent time when this event is being planned so that we can be involved in making a better success of it through collaboration, especially in the area of financing.
“Having said that, I implore the youths to reciprocate this gesture by working hard to ensure that they excellent through this platform in the overall interest of sports in our Area Council.”
The final clash between the black-shirted Yerima Boys and the white shirted Mohammed Haruna Boys all of Old Kutunku, ended 2-0 in favour of the Yerima Boys within full time plus 5 minutes extra time of play, and they went away with the Grand Prize of gold cup.
Describing Ejiwumi as a philanthropist to the core and an epitome of humility, the leader, Gwagwada Coaching Council, Ibrahim Bako who expressed unreserved appreciation to him on behalf of the Council, said 12 teams, whom he confirmed that their registration and all the kits for the tournament were paid for by Ejiwumi, started the contest on the first day of the Ramadan season, adding that the two finalists emerged from group A.
Speaking to journalists after the presentation of awards to the various categories of winners, Ejiwumi, who is an integrated commercial farmer in the area, expressed happiness with the level of success achieved at this year’s edition, thanking all who joined hands with him in organising the contest and expressing the hope that as this third edition proved better than the previous two, the next which is the fourth will be much better.
The grand finale witnessed a large crowd from within and around Gwagwalada including dignitaries from the local government, well-meaning indigenes and the traditional rural of Old Kutunku, HRH. Alh. Muhammad Salim.