By Oluwaseun Ajidagba
Draws for the maiden DM Sport Football Competition took place yesterday at the Ipakan Mini Stadium, Ijede, Ikorodu on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
The competition which is a round-robin format, has eight teams divided into 4 groups with the top two from each group progressing into the last four.
Prior to the draws proper the conceptualizer of the idea Mr. Ibrahim Salami, took time to explain to all participating teams the rules guiding the nine-day tournament. He went further to explain that no form of indiscipline from any of the players, officials or fans would be entertained as a result of decision(s) not going their way.
“If there is a need to show dismay about a particular incident it would be appropriate to be civilized by putting it into writing rather than bringing the game to disrepute. We are not organizing a one-off event and a lot of money has been expended on this project so we would not allow an individual or a group of people to drag our competition into the mud”.
After the interactive session between the organizers and participating teams, the draws proper had in Group A Block Football Club, Bridgestone Football Association, Zenith Football Club and Oke Oyibo Football Club. Group B has Ladex Football Club pitched with, New Generation Football Club , Akmed Football Club and Ebute Olowo Football Club.
The opening game of Group A on Saturday, October 21, 2017 will see Block Football Club slugging it out with Bridgestone Football Association at 2:00pm and Zenith Football Club trying Oke Oyibo Football Club for size at 4:00pm.
Mr. Ibrahim added that participating teams would not go empty added as winners would get medals alongside cash prizes ranging from 1st N 100,000, 2nd N 40,000 and 3rd N 10,000.
He finally concluded by promising players and fans that the maiden DM Sport Football Competition from Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, November 5, 2017 would be a wonderful spectacle that would last long in the minds of people living in Ikorodu and by extension Ijede Community.