NPFL Club 3SC Receives Super Cup Prize Money
By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC), have received the prize money of 100million Naira for emerging as the champions of the Dozy Mmobuosi Super Cup football tournament held recently in Lagos, South-Western Nigeria.
Presenting the cheque to the Club in Abuja, the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NPFL alongside the organisers, the Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation, apologised for the delay in getting the money across to the winner.
3SC, also known as the Oluyole Warriors, won the competition on December 9, 2022 after beating Enyimba International Football Club of Aba 3-2 in the final in Lagos. The competition, which was for clubs listed as Nigeria’s traditional clubs with title-winning legacies, also had Rangers International of Enugu and Bendel Insurance of Benin.
Speaking during the presentation, Chairman of IMC-NPFL, Gbenga Elegbeleye, said the League body is working hard to give each club an opportunity to make resources to develop in all areas.
“League must be creative, we are working towards that. We need to bring in sponsors that will bring commercial value to the domestic Leagues, so we are here for serious business” Elegbeleye said.
Also speaking during the ceremony, the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of IMC-NPFL, Davidson Owumi, said the tournament was for four traditional clubs with continental legacies as demanded by the sponsors.
“This is the first edition of the competition where we have four traditional clubs with continental legacies, by next season we will have 8 top teams participating in the competition,’’ Owumi added.
A representative of the sponsors, Segun Sani, who was the coordinator, organising committee of the Dozy Mmobuosi Super Cup Football Tournament, described the competition as successful. He also announced that the competition’s runners-up, Enyimba International of Aba, would soon be receiving 30 million Naira as their prize money.
He said the first edition of the competition was an eye-opener, and assured that the next edition which would now be for the top eight clubs in next season’s NPFL would be better.
“This competition recorded a huge success, and preparations for the next edition will begin earlier,” said Sani, who was accompanied by Peter Owoloko, the COO of Tingo Media who are partners of Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation.
After receiving their prize money, Babatunde Olaniyan, Chairman of 3SC FC, expressed the club’s appreciation of the sponsors and organisers of the tournament.
“We have never had it so good, and I want to believe it is the beginning of good things for us in the Nigerian football league,” Olaniyan said.
“I assure that we will judiciously use this money to further develop our club, so that the expectations of taking the league to the highest level will be quickly realised.”
The Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation, who is the sponsor of the Nigeria’s Super Cup Football Tournament, was founded by Dozy Mmobuosi in December 2021 with a noble mission, to promote the progress of Africa and create an environment where Africans can thrive.