The first edition of Oyo Unity Cup being sponsored by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare will debut at the Soun Stadium in Ogbomoso town.
The tournament will draw participants across the 14 Federal Constituencies of Oyo State, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The 16-team competition will run for three weeks and will produce four group winners following the draws of competition.
The Minister said the aim of the tournament was to promote grassroots football and discover new talents in Oyo State.
“Don’t forget Seyi Olofinjana was discovered in this manner in Ogbomoso and he went on to play for the Super Eagles,” he said. “There are many Olofinjanas in Oyo and the tournament will unveil them. This is just a starting point.”
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Members of the Organising Committee for the competition while acknowledging the kind gesture of the Minister noted that the tournament would boost football clubs in the state and help discover young talents in the state who will then be exported to the national and international scenes.
Coaches from the 14 Federal Constituencies, the NUJ and the NYSC also commended the Minister who is billed to attend the opening match of the tournament to be held in Ogbomoso on January 25.