The 8th edition of the Olori Hadijat Gbadamosi Memorial Cup will feature a female football category, the organisers have said.
The Chairman, Organising Committee of the Cup, Prince Adebola Sulaimon Gbadamosi, said in an exclusive chat with Our Community Newspaper that the competition would continue in its tradition of honouring his late mother.
He disclosed that the committee decided to include a female category based on popular demand.
Prince GAS, as he is popularly called, said the decision to expand the age-grade competition to feature a female category was one of the strategies to increase its popularity and help develop female football.
He said, “This is the eight edition of this competition and it has being played as an age-grade competition involving the male folk.
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“The last edition was won by Sharp Striker FC of Ikotun, but this very year, fans have being clamoring for a female competition, and so this very year, we want to focus on the female category where we will involve eight female teams only, but the male which will be coming up soon will be done in the locality.”
He said, “The competition is being organised in memory of the first wife of Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi, the Onigando of Igando land who happened to be my mother and the eight edition is coming up this February.”
He lamented the neglect of female football in the grassroots, calling on all stakeholders to do more to develop the game at the grassroots level.
Gbadamosi said, “Female football in the grassroots has not been reckoned with but take a look at the just-concluded African Women Championship which Nigeria has won eight times.
“When we come to grassroots competitions we have a lot of teams coming up.
“That is why we want them to showcase their talent in this year’s Olori Memorial competition”.
He added, “Female football is growing; if you come to our local government here, you’ll know female football is heading to a right direction especially in Alimosho.
“It’s difficult seeing them training but it is growing now,” he said.