DOA Foundation honours Adebiyi with football tourney

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The DOA Foundation and the family of Mike Adebiyi on Saturday, September 24, held a mini-football tournament to keep alive Daniel Oreoluwa Adebiyi’s dream of becoming a professional footballer.

The tournament featured three schools: Chrisland School, VGC; Chrisland School, Opebi and Chrisland School, Idimu at the Park, Victoria Garden City, Lagos.

In the first match, Chrisland College, Idimu defeated Chrisland School, Ikeja  2-1, while Chrisland High School, VGC lost 1-0 to Chrisland School, Ikeja in the second match.

Chrisland School, Idimu played a goalless draw with Chrisland School, VGC in the third match.

Chrisland School, Idimu emerged as champions with four points from two matches, while Chrisland School, Ikeja and Chrisland School, VGC, had three and one points respectively.

Speaking after the event, Head of Sports, Chrisland School, VGC and a member of the organising committee, Ashiru Olaseewo, said, “The tournament is in memory of one of our students Daniel Oreoluwa Adebiyi, a very talented footballer whose dream was to play in one of the football academies in England, but death cut his dream short because he had an injury and died.

“While on the sick bed, the parents asked him what he wanted to be remembered for, and he requested that they set up a foundation for him, where this competition would be played and the MVP sponsored outside the country to a club in the UK or USA.

“The essence of this tournament is also to discover fresh talents for the national teams and to combine academics with sports.”

He added that the organisers were making plans to register more schools to participate in the next edition.

“The MVP today (Saturday) won a one-year kit sponsorship and a cash prize of N200,000. We had challenges holding the event this year, which is why we had only three of our schools.

“We had two teams from Chrisland School, VGC play in the first edition in 2021, now it’s larger because we had three schools.

“We are hoping that by 2023, we will have more schools register for the competition and the cash prize for the MVP will be around N500,000 to N1m with a scholarship to an academy in the US or UK.”


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