Bet9ja Pledges N5 Million Support For Lagos SWAN Cup

Wale Joseph, Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC), 2018 Lagos chapter  of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Cup, on Wednesday advised media organisations to present only eligible players in the event.

Joseph told newsmen in Lagos that the organisations should submit in good time lists of their players which must be genuine staff of the media outfits.

TheElite Times reports that the bet9ja-sponsored event, restricted to television, radio and online sports writers, would hold in the Legacy pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5.

“This is an annual event organised by Lagos chapter of SWAN which is an atmosphere to socialise among ourselves outside the newsroom and engage in football activity.

“We are aware that its strictly for sports writers of media organisations, this is the reason we are warning against the use of “mercineries” because there will be instant disqualification.

“Organisations are to submit their teams list with photocopy of valid identity cards of the players early in our secretariat in the National Stadium where the screening will be conducted,” he said.

He said only registered media organisations whose team list met the competition requirements during the screening would be accredited to feature in the eight-day event.

The LOC chairman noted that there would be prizes for Most Valuable Player (MVP), highest goal scorer, best goalkeeper, including best radio, television station, social media and individual awards.

Joseph said  the opening game would feature a match between SWAN veterans and Family United by Sports, while the grand final would have SWAN ladies vs team Omidiran.

“We will have our veterans on the field with the likes of Amaju Pinnick, NFF President; Patrick Ikeji, former Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission and outstanding ex-international footballers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Debo Oshundun, SWAN Lagos Chairman, who expressed support for the LOC, told NAN that integrity, truthfulness and transparency must be applied to make the event memorable.

Oshundun promised to bring more of such social events and extend welfare package to members and less privileged in the state.

“I support the screening programme of the LOC because I stand for honesty and we must get it right and sustain the standard in the forthcoming SWAN cup and other events.

“Within the short period of our inauguration, we have visited orphanages and hospitals with gift items and cash support to offset medical bills in our little way,” he said.

TheElite Times reports that bet9ja, a sports betting outfit and official sponsor of the 2018 edition of the SWAN Cup, pledged N5 million as sponsorship package for the event.


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