By Patience OGBO, Lagos/
LAGOS– THE annual Gregory Imafidon Foundation football tournament is set to commence at Benin City, the Edo State capital with 28 secondary school pupils ready to do battles for the cup. This event is the 5th edition of the prestigious Gregory Imafidon Foundation GIF football competition. The highly-rated annual tournament for secondary school boys tagged “Catch Them Young, Kick against Crime” is slated from May – June 2023. Speaking on the event, Mr Imafidon, the CEO of Gregory Imafidon foundation and a Family Nurse Practitioner based in the United States said, “I am using this opportunity to call on the Edo State government, traditional institution, great people of Edo State, Edo Unions and Associations, both home and abroad, well-meaning Nigerians, and other youth sport lovers to support this tournament. The aim is to support and empower our secondary school youths, take them off the street and engage them meaningfully, to help reduce the rate of crime especially in Edo State. Donations can be made to the Foundation. We formally request any person with a genuine intention of sponsoring a kid and supporting the tournament to please reach out through email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message through WhatsApp at +14694349784.
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It was also gathered that the winner of the tournament will go home with a gold cup while scholarship, gifts and monetary prizes will be given to outstanding players and schools. Other attractions include new Jerseys for semi-finalists. Medals will be given to Gold, Silver and Bronze winning schools .Cash prizes and gifts for the best player of the tournament, best-behaved team, best defender, best midfielder, highest goal scorer, most disciplined coach and the best goalkeeper.
He said, “We are still accepting donations and pledges to ensure a successful tournament so that we can make the visiting and participating schools comfortable in our bid to contribute our quota to help empower the youth and reduce the crime rate in Edo State. We are requesting sponsors from groups and individuals who are willing to help and positively touch the lives of our youth through empowerment and scholarship donations to help take the youths off the street. On behalf of the vulnerable youths in Edo State, I say thank you to all who have seen the need to make Edo State a better and crime-free state by contributing towards the success of this move. We cannot afford to lose any more youths to crime. The lives of our youths are valuable.”
Recall that Government Science of Technology College (GSTC), former Benin Technical College Benin City, clinched the gold cup during the 4th edition of Gregory Imafidon Foundation gold cup for secondary schools in Benin City, Edo State. Meanwhile, parents, teachers , school administrators and other well meaning Nigerians expressed their gratitude to Mr. Imafidon who though residing in United State of America, deemed it fit to sponsor a tournament for the youth in his home State .They stated that the championship has given hope to the youth to shun crime like cultism and build a better future for themselves. The list of secondary schools participating in the 5th Edition of Gregory Imafidon foundation gold cup for secondary schools in Edo State are; Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, Edokpolor Grammar School, Benin City, Edo Boys High School ( Adolor College), Western Boys High School ( Airewele), Asoro Grammar School, Benin Technical College ( Defending Champion), Niger College, Benin City, Osemwende Secondary School ( Silver in last edition), Akenzua I I Secondary School, Ihogbe College, Benin City, Paragon College, Benin City ( Winner of Ist Edition), Usugbenu Technical College, Benin City and Urora Senior Secondary School, Urora.
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Others are, Brentale Academy, Pioneer Education Center, JohnGlad international School, Benin City, BayFlower International School, Benin City, Winners Foundation Schools, Benin City, Glorious Cardinal Academy, Benin City, Legend Preparatory International School, Benin City, Oka Secondary School, Oka, Igbinovia Group of Schools, Benin City, UCSS Demonstration School, Benin City, Okunbor Group of school, Stella Maris Academy, World of Faith Secondary, Ugioma Secondary school and Oba Ewuare Grammar School.
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