The Festac-based Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) has held a novelty match in commemoration of its 3rd anniversary.
The United Breeds Foundation (UBF), whose aim is to reduce harm and curb social vices in Amuwo Odofin, invited youths in the area to participate in a novelty match.
The convener of UBF, Evangelist David Ohiembor said, “It feels great to be celebrating our third year because having to start and continue an NGO or foundation is tiring and painstaking. For us to have gotten to this point is quite overwhelming and I feel very amazed.”
Evangelist Ohiembor claimed the foundation has a series of engaging events for the youths of Amuwo Odofin, “Moving forward, we have many more. Today we are giving back to the community through football. We all know that football is a unifying factor, and winners and participants alike have something to go back home with.”
Ibrahim Olalekan (Rocksteady), a Festac-based musician who performed at the novelty match, commended the foundation.
“They are doing great things for the youths in Amuwo Odofin. They take the youths out of the streets, educate them, and inculcate positivity in them. I’m happy to be here to celebrate their 3rd anniversary with them.”
Atueyi Obinna, a resident of 3rd Avenue who participated in the novelty match, claimed that the purpose of the game was to curb social vices in Amuwo Odofin.
“This match was organized for the benefit of the youths in the community. The aim is to discourage youths from drug-related issues and to tell them that they can lean on us if they want to stop the habit,” Obinna said.
He commended his teammates and other players for participating in a game that his team won 1-0 on penalties.
Okoye Alexander Chukwudi, a resident who participated in the novelty match, commended the UBF team, saying, “I appreciate the management of United Breeds Foundation for allowing us to engage in a game like this. This is what the youth need because the nation is having a lot of challenges.
“Youth can have a sense of belonging and a sense of hope. I can say a lot of youths have been touched today and some will have a rethink and decide to live a better life. I now know that with my talent I can achieve a lot, and I pray many foundations will emulate them by addressing local issues and giving us the belief that the locality where we grew up is not where we will be for the rest of our lives.
“I have learned a lot from their engagements and teachings. I pray this social gathering will bring forth great success in our lives and our hopes for a better tomorrow,” Chukwudi said.
Notably, over 200 youths in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area were given free food and drinks.
The winning team and runner-up were each awarded a cash prize. The novelty match was played on Saturday at the 112 football pitch in Festac Town.