Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has hosted pupils of LGEA Central Primary School, winners of the just concluded Channels International Kids Cup.
The governor while hosting the pupils announced a donation of the sum of N2million to boys after the emerged winner of the football competition.
The pupils were on Wednesday led by the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to the Government House in Ilorin, the state capital.
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The governor while hosting the boys praised them for being good ambassadors of the state and pledged readiness to encourage them in future. He noted that football has gone beyond mere entertainment as the government alone cannot fund sport.
Governor Ahmed noted that the state government will soon reintroduce football competition in primary schools to ensure that talents are discovered early.
Captain of the team who spoke on behalf of the boys said that they trained thrice daily for three months prior to the competition.
The Channels International Kids Cup football competition is a social responsibility programme organised by the management of Channels Television.
Sixteen primary schools participated in the competition and their performance thrilled lovers of the game, government officials and the Nigerian Football Federation.
At the final of this year’s edition, the 10th season of the cup, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, rewarded the top three teams with a sum of N5 million.
Baptist Primary School got N1.5 million while Emmanuel Anglican Primary School in third place received one million Naira.
X-planter Private School from Lagos who finished in 4th position were not left out as the governor donated a sum of N500,000 to them.