MED-VIEW Airlines has for the fourth consecutive year running supported grassroots soccer development in Nigeria by sponsoring the just concluded under 16 Boys and Girls soccer tournament in Lagos.
The tournament tagged: “Med-View Airline Eko Youth Cup 2019”, in conjunction with the Lagos State Grassroot Soccer Association, came to an end as the finals took place at the Campos Mini-Stadium, Ajele on the Lagos Island.
The tournament, having recorded success in the last four years, the Managing Director of Med-View Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole after the finals of the competition said he is looking beyond Lagos in order to make other parts of the country to have a feel of the grassroots soccer tourney.
When he was asked on the effort to take the tournament beyond Lagos during a chat with journalists after the event, he said: “We will look at the regional level. We will start with the South West Region of the country, then, we will move to the center which is the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and then move to the South East. It is good for the whole nation to have the opportunity.
On the educational development of the players given their age range, Med-view CEO advised the parents of the players, that the education of these children is so important that playing soccer by the children should not be a hindrance.
Harping on the social benefits derived from the organization of the game, Bankole said: “This tournament has reduced negative vices by the children because they are busy channeling their energy to a productive course. Instead of thinking of how to negatively influence the society, they are doing something good with their time and energy.”
Looking at the skills displayed by the players, Alhaji Bankole said ‘three of the players who participated in the previous edition of the tournament are already part of the national team. More will emerge as we can see quality of display by the players so far.’
“We hereby acknowledged the heart-warming gesture of our sponsor, Med-View Airlines. The airline has generously attended to our needs as regards the grassroots football development in the country,” said Aliu Ganiyu, the secretary of the Lagos State Grassroot Soccer Association while appreciating the airline’s Managing Director, Alhaji Bankole for the love he has for the youth of the state through developmental support through sports.
The competition was wrapped up with presentation of medals, trophies and cash prizes.