By John Kayode
Sunshine Stars captain Sunday Abe has charged upcoming football stars in Ondo State and beyond to combine education with their carreer.
He said the aims and objectives of Abe and Friends foundation was to organize a competition match for U-12 players in the state was to raise future football players in the state and in its environs to stardom.
The Sunshine Stars skipper said the foundation is also encouraging the young players to combine education with football to enable them has some things to fall back on when they retired.
He added that the criteria to participate in the U- 12 football competition was for the under age players to present their academy report card to the organization before they could be allowed to be part of the competition.
Abe stated this at the end of the 14th edition of Abe and Friends football reunion held at the Ondo State Sports complex, Akure the state capital.
He disclosed that the outstanding players among the U-12 players would be recommended for Nigeria national U 15 team.
He said: “we have been doing this in the last 14years , but I can tell you that this year’s event is exceptionally difference in term of organisation and the fans turn out .
“We will keep improving on our efforts and in no distance time the results will be manifesting when the kids from Ondo State will be donning the national colour.
“We urged our supporters to keep faith with us that we will not disappoint them and the new year will be better in all ramifications.”
Cash prizes and other were presented to the highest goal scorer, MVP and others .
Top personalities and ex-international that featured in the novelty programme include MHR Tajudeen Adefisoye (Small Alhaji), 2013 African Cup winner, Geoffrey Oboabana, Tunde Adeniji, Franklin Sasere, among others .