Lawyers’2018 foot­ball tour­ney kicks off in Abuja

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH - By Joshua Odeyemi

The sec­ond edi­tion of the Lawyers’ Foot­ball 5 aside Com­pe­ti­tion oth­er­wise known as Prince La­teef Fagbemi Foot­ball tour­na­ment among the law firms in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT)) com­menced last week­end in grand style as Prince La­teef Fagbemi Clubs de­feated Raji Foot­ball club 4-2 in the open­ing game.

Or­gan­is­ers said 12 law firm clubs were par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion which will run for three weeks.

Speak­ing shortly af­ter the open­ing match of the com­pe­ti­tion, the co­or­di­na­tor of the event Olu­jimi Olu­jide said this year’s com­pe­ti­tion is par­tic­u­larly unique as more firms were par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pared to the pre­vi­ous edi­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the main pur­pose of this com­pe­ti­tion is to bring an­other plat­form for Lawyers to re­late apart from the court room and law firm where they nor­mally have in­ter­ac­tions.

“This is a spe­cial plat­form, no suit, no wigs, no tie, ev­ery­body is free, we are get­ting used to each other from dif­fer­ent law firms.

“So far, I can say there is a great im­prove­ment from what we saw last year be­cause we have up to 12 law firms presently at this pitch. It’s a ma­jor progress from what we had last year.

“It [the com­pe­ti­tion] cut across all strata of le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers and will last for three weeks and the fi­nal comes up 22nd of April, 2018.”

Olu­jimi pointed out that the incentives for the win­ning teams and in­di­vid­ual award win­ners cat­e­gories have been scaled up, adding that the win­ner, sec­ond and third place po­si­tions will smile home with #200,000, #150,000 and #100,000 re­spec­tively.

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