The organisers of the JKF Youth Cup, a football competition for U15 boys and girls have reiterated the desire to uplift the moral level of youth in Ekiti State through football and to a larger extent, create a platform for them to be financially prudent.
Speaking after a meeting with the manager, Ado- Ekiti branch of one of the partners of the competition, Zenith Bank PLC, whence it had gone to collect the Zenith Bank Children’s Account (ZECA) application forms for the kids who would participate in the competition, Ekiti State FA Chairman Bayo Olanlege, expressed delight over the meeting with the officials of the bank, which he described as rewarding and historic.
The agreement with the foremost banking institution would provide the football playing kids with the opportunities to open a child account ( ZECA ).
The Chairman of the organising committee, Kolawole Owoseni, remarked that the competition is to develop a generation of gifted, educated and prudent footballers. Our partnership with Zenith Bank PLC is historic. As prize money shall be paid into their various accounts as teams progresses in the competition.
In her remarks, the Zenith Bank PLC, Ado- Ekiti branch manager, Mrs. Tinuola Anifowose, stated that the bank was glad to go into partnership agreement with the organisers of the competition, adding that beyond discovering and nurturing the kids to stardom, it would also make them financially disciplined.
“We are glad with this partnership. And I can tell you that we shall support the organisers to ensure that the objectives of the competition is achieved, ” Mrs Anifowoshe said.
Meanwhile, 400 boys and 200 girls would be taking part in the competition, and with 96 officials drawn from the 16 local football councils in Ekiti State.