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May 20, 2024
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2023 NSSFF finals: Ogun, Akwa Ibom shine, win Aketi Trophy

…get N1m cash prize each

By Adekola Afolabi

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Team Ogun has emerged champion of the tournament in the female category after defeating team Lagos with 12-0 points in the just concluded Season 2 of the Nigerian Secondary School Flag Football League (NSSFF) competition, tagged “the Aketi Bowl”.

Also at the tournament, team Akwa Ibom overran team FCT Abuja with 31-6 points in the male category, to emerge winner.

First place both male and female categories went home with a trophy including N1,000, 000, just as second place got N500,000. Third place category got N150, 000 cash prize with medals.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, specially congratulated the champions on their outstanding achievement, saying their hard work, resilience, perseverance and determination have paid off.

He noted that they truly deserve the accolades that come with the victory, praying the success serves as a springboard for even greater accomplishments in the future.

Governor Akeredolu,  represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Bamidele Ologunloluwa, explained that beyond the victories and defeats, the tournament has provided a platform for the youth to grow, learn and forge lifelong friendships.

Earlier, the President, Nigerian American Football Association (NAFA), Babajide Akeredolu, appreciated all for their immeasurable contributions to the resounding success of the tournament, stressing that NAFA was conceptualised with a mission to create increased opportunities for the youth through the game of American Football.

“In the last couple of days we have witnessed the budding fruits of that mission as we gathered in Akure, witnessing the extraordinary talents of young athletes from across Nigeria. I am proud to say that NAFA’s dedication to transforming lives through sports is evident in the countless success stories that have emerged from our programs and this tournament will not be any different.

He urged all to carry the spirit of sportsmanship, unity, and the determination that they have witnessed throughout the tournament beyond the Aketi Bowl.

NSSFF President, Mrs Olabisi Joseph, described the tournament as another opportunity to positively engage the school boys and girls, adding that the main objective of the NSSFF is to ensure that they give every child a remarkable sports experience while they are in school by ensuring they have complete education.

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