This year’s edition of MTN Lagos Street Soccer is taken a new dimension as the telecommunications giant, places a mouth-watering prize on the championship. According to a document released by the Local Organising Committee of the championship, which is running to its sixth season this year, MTN has made available cash prizes worth fifteen million naira for final winners in different categories.
In these, the winning team in the senior category(male) will cart home with five million naira while the second, third and fourth winners will go home with three million, two million and one million respectively. The female category is not left out, there is one million naira, five hundred thousand naira, three hundred thousand naira and two hundred thousand naira for first, second, third and fourth winners respectively.
The new entry and the darling category this year, the Under-15 category also have a million naira, which is made up of seven hundred and fifty thousand naira cash, and two hundred and fifty naira worth of MTN branded sports kits for the overall winning team. The second place winners will be entitled to five hundred thousand naira, which include a-three hundred and fifty thousand naira cash and one hundred and fifty thousand naira worth of MTN branded kits.
More so, the third winning team in the Under-15 category will receive Three Hundred Thousand Naira in form of two hundred thousand cash prize and One Hundred Thousand Naira worth of MTN branded sports kits while the fourth place winner will go home with One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira cash prize and Fifty Thousand Naira worth of MTN branded sports kits.
It is also very important to note that, the first and second winning teams in the senior male category, the first winner in the female category and the winner in the under-15 category will all travel to Aspire Academy for sports excellence in Doha, Qatar, for international exposure. All the teams will also have the opportunity to be part of the FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE in October.
Over 800 teams across the local government and local council development areas of Lagos State have registered and ready to participate in this year’s edition. The 2012 edition of the championship had Koilo Street of Lagos Island as the overall winners, while Ajao Jimoh of Igando Ikotun LCDA, Place Square of Agege and Aiyetoro Street in Surulere emerged the second, third and fourth winners respectively in the senior male category.