First vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwummi is taking his Charity Football Tournament away from Lagos as Gombe will be hosts.
Akinwummi, through his Foundation, had previously organised an end of year Charity Football Tournaments in Lagos, but the 1st edition of the Seyi Akinwunmi NorthEast Charity Football Tournament scheduled to hold in Gombe will now kick off on the 18th of September 2019 with the Final being played on the 22nd of September 2019.
“We have now decided to spread our philanthropy and message of the importance of education alongside a football career, across the six geopolitical zones starting with the North East Zone, Akinwummi said.
“Hence the birth of the Seyi Akinwunmi North-East Charity Football Tournament, the first edition of which will take place in Gombe State,” Akinwummi added.
The Seyi Akinwunmi North-East Charity Football Tournament will comprise of eighteen students from each of the North East States as well as eighteen each from two invited teams from an academy in Jos and from an IDP Camp in Borno respectively, making a total of one hundred and forty-four school children.
“The objective is to use the tournament to spread the message highlighting the value of amalgamating football and education and convince the children, their parents and their communities in this regard,” Akinwummi said.
“Each of the students will be given school bags and materials to aid their education, football jerseys and other prizes. In addition, we will give scholarship grants worth one hundred and fifty thousand Naira to the best players from each of the participating States while the host State will have an extra slot for the scholarship grant,” The NFF vice president said.
The Foundation will also once again give the contingent from the IDP camp, a special grant worth Two hundred and fifty thousand Naira.
“We expect all six states in the North-Eastern region and the two invited teams to each arrive with a 20 man delegation made up of eighteen players and two officials on the 18th of September 2019.”
The Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation (SACF) is a duly registered Non-Profit Organization aimed at educating and developing indigent but intelligent and talented children in Nigeria. The foundation was birthed six years ago when Seyi Akinwunmi was elected the 1st Vice president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) with a view to using his position to enhance his philanthropic commitment. This was done to complement the work of his already existing foundation known as the Courage Education Foundation (CEF) set up over ten years previously for the development and education of indigent children in the society.
The Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation (SACF) alongside its sister foundation, the Courage Education Foundation (CEF), is focused on generating and providing funds for the Education of intelligent but indigent children as well as the education and encouragement of talented indigent young footballers.
“We have held several projects in Lagos which has resulted in our sponsoring the education over two hundred children, some of whom have now graduated from Tertiary Institutions while others have played for the junior Nigeria national football teams,” Akinwummi said.
The Charity is accepting donations made payable to Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation, Polaris Bank (Formerly Skye Bank), 1150033402