May 18, 2024

Abuja-based Pride FC beat Golden FC of Abia State 3-1 to emerge champions of the maiden #Ote4Wealth National Football Tournament.

The tournament was established to celebrate the 60th birthday of Nigeria business mogul Femi Otedola.

After the victory, the Coach of Pride FC, Lawal Abdul, said, “It was a unique tournament. We have been in existence for three years, and I have never seen any tournament like this. The six-day tournament was well-organised with fair officiating. It all started last Friday and ended today in my team’s favour.

“We registered for free, got gifts for free, our accumulated funds for yellow cards were forfeited, and yet we got the trophy and prize money.

“This tournament showed that we have many talented players scattered around Nigeria. From the beginning as a coach, I saw many good young players from other teams that, if well managed, will go places.

37 teams participated in the tournament, which was held between Friday, November 25, to Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the Water FC Football Pitch, Lokogoma, Abuja.

Speaking after the trophy presentation, the Chief Executive Officer of MK Sports, Nureni Makanjuola, said the next edition would be bigger than what was witnessed this year.

“We shall have more teams and an increase in prize money in the next edition next year. Many clubs have indicated interest to participate, and our doors will be opened to so many teams that meet up with the criteria.

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