Organisers of the maiden ‘Above 50’ football tournament have set aside the sum of N8 million for winners of the event, which holds in July in Lagos. Initiator of the tournament, who is President of Ikeja Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Edward Olutoke, stated that the overall champions of the competition would pocket N5 million, while the first and second runners-up will get N3 million and N1 million respectively.

There will also be other attractive prizes for participating teams. According to him, the championship is aimed at giving the elderly ones in the society a platform to entertain people, burn out calories, network and discuss business ideas, as well as keep fit.

“We discovered that too many people are too busy, and don’t have time for exercise and relaxation,” he said. “That is why the life span of an average African is between 40 and 45 years. This tournament is aimed at creating an avenue for the elderly people to relax, network, discuss business ideas and reduce stress.

“It is also important to state that sports preaches peace because once a football match is going on, nobody talks about tribe, religion, ethnicity, colour or language. They only talk about who scores a goal and it is that peace we want to sustain among the elderly who are decision makers and leaders of the society.”

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