Edo State Football Association has concluded plans for a smooth kick off of the inaugural South-south Champion of Champions Soccer Tournament which is billed to run from May 18-21 in Benin.
Chairman of Edo FA, Frank Ilaboya, in a statement made available to the media in Lagos said eight teams would be featuring in the maiden edition of the competition which is a gathering of top clubs in the South-south zone of the country.
He said the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin and the Ugbowo Campus Stadium of the University of Benin would play host to the matches.
Ilaboya stated that the tournament which is being bankrolled by FROT Group, a Lagos-based firm would serve as an avenue for teams from the zone to get their acts together ahead of the national Federation Cup which kicks off next week.
“The tournament is designed for teams from South-south zone to prepare for the national Federation Cup. Our desire is to see the Federation Cup won last year by Akwa United remaining in the zone,” Ilaboya stated.
Three teams from the host state, Edo- Inneh Stars, Dynamites and Benin landlords, Insurance FC will feature in the tournament. The winners, courtesy of FROT Group would smile to the banks with N1million, while the runners up would pocket N500,000.