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Youths stage football match to commemorate presidential election


Lagos- Some male youths at the  Kollington area of Alagbado, Abeokuta Expressway,  on Saturday staged a football match tagged `PDP vs APC’  in commemoration of the presidential election.

A roving correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who ran into the group, reports that the game ended in a goalless draw.

The match, which attracted football enthusiasts who were done with their accreditation, took place at a major road on Kollington Bus stop.

Samuel Ajibade, 16, and striker for the PDP team, said that the match was not really in support of any party but was organised to commemorate the March 28  presidential and National Assembly elections.

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According to Ajibade, the two parties were used because they are the major contenders.

“Everywhere you go, even the radio and television stations its PDP and APC, so we decided to follow the trend and I found myself in the PDP team,’’ Ajibade said.

Another player for the PDP team, who pleaded anonymity, said that his he was happy that his team performed creditably, urging the political parties to exhibit sportsmanship.

Sule Ajayi, 14, goalkeeper of the APC team, told NAN that the match was staged to identify with the presidential elections, since they (players) were not of voting age.

“We know that we cannot vote because we are under 18, but we tried to do something to show our interest that we are part and parcel of today.

“Although there was no winner, it doesn’t matter; what matters is that we were able to catch fun and there was no fight because nobody has put down money or cup down to win,’’ he explained.

Olamilekun Abideem, 14,  APC player told NAN that his participation in the match was to kill boredom since his parents had gone to vote and that there was power outage.

“We did not really plan this match but we just took advantage of the atmosphere,’’ he said. (NAN)

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