SPORTS: Organisers Commended For Governor’s Golden Cup Tournament

soccer-ballRESIDENTS and indigenes of Osun have commended Omoluabi Support Group (OSG), organisers of the just-concluded maiden edition of Governor’s Golden Cup tournament held in  Osogbo, the state capital.

Majority of soccer fans who watched the event lauded the organisers for the smooth organisation, saying that such a tournament would help raise the standard of football in the state.

Also speaking with Tribunesport, chairman of OSG, Pastor Israel Alagbe described the tournament as an enviable one just as he commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his efforts at promoting sport in the state.

Alagbe pointed out that an initiative of the OSG, in collaboration with the Oranmiyan Campaign Group (OCG), arranged for the 32 football teams competition across the local council areas in the state, adding that it also attracted financial rewards for the participants.

On the motive behind the competition, Alagbe said the group believes in keeping youths off the streets through positive engagement in sport, adding that “the competition, apart from serving the means of youth empowerment, was also conceived to garner support of the vast youthful populace in the state for the re-election bid of Mr Aregbesola in 2014.”

Also speaking on the tourney, vice-chairman of OSG, Honourable Bisi Yusuf, organisers said the competition provided the budding players the opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming professional footballers in the near future.

Yusuf who is also a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly stated that a lot of talents could be discovered and groomed to become established players in future especially in a tournament witnessed by football scouts who have links with top African and European clubs.