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Agunragbaja's Cup Will Unearth Football Talents In Ogun - Lawal

Alh. Lawal (L) presenting the giant trophy and the cash award to the Emerald FC captain, and Chairman, Organizing committee, Agunragbaja's Cup, Abdulrasheed Adelakun.  

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - President, Allstars Football Club of Abeokuta, Ogun state, Alhaji Lawal Adeoye Waheed has disclosed that, the annual hosting of Agunragbaja's Cup will help the state government to discover talents in football.

Lawal who decried dearth of professional footballers in the state in recent times, opined that, regular hosting of grassroots competition for younger generations would prepare them to become better players in future.

He disclosed this on Saturday at the final of second edition of Agunragbaja's Cup played at the training turf of MKO Abiola International stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta. 

According to him, the state known for producing host of great stars like Segun Odegbami, Yisa Sofoluwe, Toyin Ayinla, late Muda Lawal, Tajudeen Disu among others was unable to produce players to represent Nigeria's national team. 

He therefore called on the new Commissioner for Youth and Sports in the state, Mr. Kehinde Oludare to liase with the ex-internationals in the state to revive grassroots football in the state. 

"The idea behind this competition is that, when growing up in Abeokuta, we have over 30 local clubs in Ogun state with 20 of them in Abeokuta and that is the opportunity we have in the 80s. 
Coach Toyin Ayinla presenting the MVP award to Muiz Alani of Emerald FC
"Then, if you don't play for Abiola Babes, you can play for NEPA, Housing Corporation, Ogun/Osun, so we have so many clubs and the talents in the 80s, early 90s, we still have it in the youths. We see them everywhere, and no clubs to absorb them, so, the little we can give back is to create a platform for them to exhibit their talents and skills. 

"The new Commissioner for Sports should try and liase with ex-internationals who are talented, who knows the game in order to resurface and revive football in Ogun state".

Meanwhile, Emerald football club of Abeokuta emerged champions of the 2020 Agunragbaja's Cup after a penalty shootout. 

The thrilling encounter between Allen Taylor Football Academy ended goalless after 90th minutes duration time, and the teams went straight to penalty shootout. 

At the end of the match, Emerald FC won the match with 3-2 and went home with the N25,000 cash prize and giant trophy, while Allen Taylor cash home with N15,000 and Oluwole FC who had defeated United Stars 3-1 in the third place match went home with N10,000.

However, Muiz Alani of Emerald team won the Most Valuable Player award, while Ismail Yusuf of Oluwole FC won the Golden boot for scoring the highest goals of the competition. 

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