Football: Philanthropist pledges sponsorship of  youth competition



Samuel Omamufekulomo, Chief Executive Officer of Dino Sports Youth Club of Abeokuta, has pledged to sponsor the 2019 Federation of Youth Soccer Club (FEYSOC) competition in Enugu.

Omamufekulomo, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday, said he would sponsor the competition as a major player in grassroots football development.

“I was introduced to the coming competition when I visited Enugu to scout for young talents for Dino FC Sports Youth Club.

“Grassroots competition of this nature is always an avenue to fish out talents and I hope it is going to be a good football competition,” he said.

He said that clubs from different parts of the country would be coming to take part in the competition.

Omamufekulomo noted that his major concentration would be on the U-16 and U-18 where he would pick talents for his club.

“We will be taking care of the trophy, price money and in addition to that, we will also provide balls for the tournament and compensate some teams with soccer balls as well,” he said.

The Coordinator of FEYSOC in Enugu, Uchenna Lofty, said that Dino Youth Sports Club had shown commitment to sponsoring the upcoming tournament on Aug. 12 to Aug.18.

Lofty said that different clubs from different parts of the country would be participating in the one week tournament.

The coordinator disclosed that Duru Youths Academy, Tcheuffa Sports Academy and Real Football Clubs, all based in Cameroon have indicated interest in the competition.

He noted that the coordinator of the clubs who is based in Cameroon has been in contact with him.

Lofty said that River lane Youth Academy of Enugu discovered Thompson Ishiaka who currently played for Leicester City of England.

He said that Emmy Egbo and Sopuruchi were also discovered by Riverlane and they were currently with the national U-15 while Divine Nwachukwu had joined the U-17 national team.

Lofty said that Riverlane Youth Academy discovered 18 talented players in the 2016 edition while  Inter FC of Enugu discovered  32 players in 2017.

The coordinator noted that the competition would feature the U-18, 16 and 13.

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