First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has been commended by stakeholders in the sports sector and football fans for its unwavering commitment towards promoting youth development and sports in Nigeria over the years.
FCMB was commended at the closing ceremony of this yearâ€™s COPA Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament organised by Kinetic Sports Limited at Eko Atlantic Beach Soccer Stadium, Victoria Island.
The 2017 edition was won by Spain after defeating Nigeria 6-5 in the final match to mark the seventh consecutive year the bank has been the headline sponsor of the tournament. Other countries that participated in the tournament include; Lebanon, Morocco as well as the beach soccer teams of Arsenal Football Club of England, Pepsi Football Academy of Nigeria, Kebbi BSC and Gidi Sharks of Lagos.
The Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Deji Tinubu, said that FCMB has successfully leveraged its sponsorship of the annual sports fiesta to further promote sports, unity, excitement, healthy living and empowerment among youths as well as the generality of Nigerians.
According to Tinubu, â€œFCMB has been fantastic going by its commitment to COPA Lagos.
â€œSports is very key in building national cohesion and development. With corporate organisations such as FCMB behind this competition, I believe it will continue to get better and more glamorous. We also look forward to partnering with the Bank in other initiatives that would promote sports and other benefits in Lagos state,â€ concludes the Lagos Sports Commission boss.
Also, a former Executive Committee member of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), Dr. Amos Adamu, described the bank as, â€œan outstanding pillar of support and lover of beach soccer.
â€œThe fact that FCMB has been standing by the organisers of this competition this number of years and the extra values it adds every year speaks volume about the bankâ€™s commitment,â€™â€™ stressed Adamu who is also a retired director general of the National Sports Commission.
In addition, an ex-Super Eagles star, Victor Agali, said the COPA Lagos has become a kind of festival and every year it gets better, just as he hailed the bank for its roles at promoting sports development.
The one-time Schalke 04 Football Cub of Germany striker, noted that, â€œthe action of FCMB demonstrates that it means well for the youths and sport, because beach soccer is an exciting game that has the capacity to awaken interest and help our youths to succeedâ€™â€™.
Explaining the rationale for sponsoring COPA Lagos Beach Soccer, the Managing Director of FCMB, Mr. Adam Nuru, said it is a further proof of the bankâ€™s unflinching support to the development of sports, youths and overall national development.
Apart from the excitement which FCMB built around the football matches, the bank also provided guests and customers that attended the three-day fiesta with a special VIP treat at its hospitality lounge.
Guests and spectators were provided with the opportunity to experience the unique banking services of FCMB. The sales team of the bank was on ground to showcase its array of valued-added products, including mobile and internet banking offerings. Other highlights of this yearâ€™s COPA Lagos tournament were celebrity match, fashion show and a concert with performances from top rated artistes.