Akure’s Kemisola Peace Cup thrills Rufai
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, has said that the 2015 Kemisola Peace Cup organised for football teams in Akure metropolis, in Ondo State, would help Nigeria’s search for talented players from the grassroots.
Rufai, who was a special guest at the event, held at Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure, on Tuesday, commended Governor Olusegun Mimiko for supporting and developing sports in the state.
Speaking after the Kemisola Peace Cup final in which Alafiatayo FC defeated Isinkin FC 5-3 on penalties to grab the trophy, Rufai advised well meaning Nigerians to support sports as a means of getting the youths gainfully employed.
Aside the cup final game, there was also a novelty match between the state executives, led by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo and the state legislators, which ended in 1-0 in favour of the legislators.
Oluboyo disclosed after the match that the state government would continue to support and develop sports in the state, adding that the reward to the players and management of Sunshine Queens for winning the 2015 Federation Cup was part of commitments to reward success in sports.
The event’s sponsor, Kemisola Adesanya, a member of the state’s Assembly representing Akure South 1 Constituency, said the programme was his way of encouraging sports development in the state.
Adesanya emphasised the significance of sports for youth development, noting that it was a good avenue to get the youths off the streets and prevent them from crime.
The Assembly member said the tournament was also designed to promote grassroots football in the town.