The excitements from the just concluded 1XBET Community Football Championship, is still reverberating across different communities in Lagos State. A week after Bariga FC emerged winners of the maiden edition of the prestigious championship, the organisers, Match International Limited, led by ex-Nigeria international player, Waidi Akanni, has kept its promises by promptly paying the prize monies won by the teams, as well as, the outstanding players.
Bariga FC led by Barrister Ayoola Julius, who doubles as the chief coach received a cheque of N1million as the prize for winning the championship, while runners-up Ighalo FC and the third placed team, Young Strikers, received their prizes of N500,000 and N300,000 respectively.
The individual prizes of N150,000 each, went to the duo of Ighalo FC players, Justice Ohanusi and Fawaz Yusuf, who were adjudged as the most valuable player and highest goals scorer respectively, while Wasiu Salaudeen of Joint FC received the prize as the best goalkeeper of the championship.
Obviously impressed by the level of integrity and honesty displayed by the organisers, promising youngster, Fawaz Yusuf, remarked that 1XBET and the organisers, have set a benchmark for grassroots football in Nigeria, as well as, renewing the hopes and aspirations of young talents like him.
Barrister Ayoola Julius, renowned as the apostle of ‘Ramba-Samba’, style of football said, “I want to say a very big thank you to 1XBET and of course, Waidi Akanni and his team, for putting up a top notch championship. And yes, the prompt payment of the prizes to the winners is a testimonial to their world class standard.”