*Hosts Ilaji FC trash Ondo state 7-0 in opening ceremony
By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The maiden edition of YSFON/Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resorts U-16 Boys Championship commenced immediately after the screening of all participating state teams on yesterday at the Ilaji Stadium Akaran, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The tournament was declared open by the sponsor, CEO, Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resorts Center, Engr. Dotun Sanusi, represented by Prince, Adesina Araoye, Chief Operating Officer, Ilaji Hotels and Resorts, alongside, the scouts led by Dr. Justin Fenich(president), SwieQi United F.C, Timothy Gingell ,C.E.O, SwieQi United F.C, Saviour Darmanin, Assistant Technical Director SwieQi FC, Henry Ekezie, club scout SwieQi FC and Architect, Etienne Fenech consultant, SwieQi FC.
Also witnessing the opening match, was the Hon. Comissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo State, Hon. Wosilat Adegoke and her entourage, Permanent Secretary Youth Sports, Mrs. Oladipupo Olubukola and the Facilities Director, Rain Fatai, saw the hosts, Ilaji, F. C walloping thier counterparts from Ondo State 7-0 to grab the three points at stake.
Earlier in the day, YSFON, President, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna in a goodwill message delivered by his Secretary General, Patrick Okpavuerhe. gave kudos goes to the sponsor of the tournament, Engr. Dotun Sanusi for his giant strides to bankroll the youth tournament at this period of time, particularly when all youth have gone into different kinds of illegal vices.
He urged all the participating teams to be of good conduct before, during and even after every match.
In his words, Engr. Dapo Sanusi, welcomed all the participating teams to Ilaji, home of youth, sports development and grooming them o catch them young to stardom in future.
He commended the organizers of the tournament, YSFON, for collaborating with his organization to make it happen, promising to make it an annual tournament.
Meanwhile, hostilities continue in the preliminary tomorrow and Thursday respectively at the same venue.
Quarter and semi finals shall be decided on Friday and grand finale on Saturday December .2, 2023.at the ilaji, Stadium.