The Chairman of the Technical Committee of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chris Green, has given a pat on the back to Edo FA Chairman, Frank Ilaboya, for putting together the South -south Champion of Champions Soccer Tournament scheduled to kick off tomorrow at the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.
Green said the tourney which will see all the FA Cup winners from the South-south zone of the country doing battle ahead of the national Federation Cup, is a great idea for which Edo FA deserves kudos.
“It would be three days of great football in Benin. Edo FA has done very well in coming up with the tournament. It has the backing of NFF and we hope other state FA’s would be this proactive,” Green said.
Meanwhile all the eight teams for the tourney have arrived Benin for the competition which is being bankrolled by FROT Group, a Lagos-based company.
Chairman of FROT Group, Frank Momoh, who would be gracing the opening and closing ceremonies disclosed yesterday that the winner of the tourney would pocket N1m while the runner up would smile home with N500,000.
Coach of Insurance FC, Roland Ewere said yesterday that the tourney would help his side prepare very well for the new season as the club strives to stage a return to the elite class of the nation’s league.
“I think Insurance would be the biggest beneficiary from the tourney. We are happy we were given the opportunity to be part of it despite not winning the Edo FA Cup. We will use the competition to prepare for the league and it would help us to gain promotion and make our way back to the top class of the Nigerian league,” Ewere said.