The 2015 edition of the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini Tournament (SAMCT) will kick-off on Saturday, December 12 at the Onikan Stadium Lagos.
Following a very successful first outing in 2014 and also due to increased interest in the tournament; organisers have decided to make it bigger to accommodate a few more teams.
The Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini Tournament which was first staged last year as a one-day event at the Campos Mini Stadium on Lagos Island is put together by friends and colleagues of Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi as part of activities to mark the Birthday of the football administrator who also happens to be the chairman of the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) and 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
It is put to together to raise funds for the various charity works that the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation is involved in.
One of the highlights of last year’s event was the star match between the Lagos All Star Team led by erstwhile Governor Babatunde Fashola and The Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON). The All Stars won 4-1.
This year’s tournament will run for three weekends in December with the first set of games kicking off this Saturday at the Onikan Stadium.
A total of eight teams have been drawn into two groups of four. The two best teams in each group qualify for the semi-final while finalists will emerge thereafter.
The opening game of the Tournament will see Team E-600 take on Team MTN. Kick-off is 9am at the Onikan Waterfront. It will be followed by 36 Lion Investments versus BURUJ immediately after the first game also at the Onikan Stadium.
The Third game of the day will commence at the 1pm between Team LCM and Team WOZA, followed immediately by the last game between Team ICOBA and Team TRINITY HOUSE at 3pm also at the Onikan Stadium.
Speaking during the draws for the matches, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Mr Mojeed Adegbindin, explained that the mini tournament was expanded to accommodate more teams hence the need to spread the games across three weekends in December.
Adegbindin stated that all the eight teams participating in the tournament will return to the Onikan Stadium on Lagos Island on Sunday, December 20 for the last set of group games.