|Seven Up Golden Jubilee Tournament|
It was perhaps a befitting climax to the week-long Pepsi U-17 International football tournament that held from September 4 – 11 in the rock city of Abeokuta.
The Pepsi Academy Nigeria team won the coveted Laloko Trophy along with N200,000 that was donated for the tournament winners by the Chairman of the Seven Up Bottling Co. Plc to mark the company’s Golden Jubilee. The tournament MVP, Mohammed Elegbede, also a Pepsi Academy player, won the Chairman’s Golden Jubilee award of N50,000.
This year’s edition [the tournament has held every year since 2003] brought together youngsters from Cote d’Ivoire [L’Afad Academy], Ghana [Liberty Professionals], the Republic of Benin [Dragon International] along with the Lagos State Youth Team and two teams from the Pepsi Academy.
Commenting on this special edition of the tournament, Iain Nelson, consultant to the Pepsi Football Academy said,
Former Super Eagles midfielder and General Manager of 3SC of Ibadan, Mutiu Adepoju [popularly known as Headmaster] said,
Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Bukola Olopade, who was the special guest of honour for the final match, said that he was elated that Ogun State has successfully played host to another international football event after the ECOWAS tournament held earlier in the year. He commended Pepsi for its pioneering role in the development of grassroots football.
But can the Seven Up Bottling Company along with PepsiCo International sustain the Pepsi Football Academy in the years to come?