10 universities across Africa will campaign for honours at the maiden African Student Football Union (ASFU) Invitational Championship tagged the “ASFU Cup 2019” billed to hold from January 19-28 in Nigeria, NationSport reports.

The African Student Football Union-organised competition, which is said to be a qualification championship for International Student Football World League 2019/2020 season in Russia, will see University of Lagos, Lagos State; Kenyatta University, Nairobi County, Kenya; Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State; Edo University, Edo State and Lagos State University campaign in Group A at the Dipo Dina International Stadium in Ijebu Ode.

In Group B, University of Ibadan, Oyo State; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Osun State; University of Development Studies, Temale, Ghana and National University of Technology, Zimbabwe will slug it out at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in Ibadan.

The arrival of teams is on the 18th January, while the preliminary stages will hold from January 19-25. The semi-final stage will take place on the 26th at the Agege Stadium and the final will also hold at the Agege Stadium on the 27th with participating teams departing on the 28th January.

Speaking at the draws and unveiling of trophies and logo of the competition held at the Ibis Hotel in Lagos on Monday, the ASFU President, Professor Seun Omotayo said ASFU is not in competition with any organization as it is complimentary to the provision of competitive recreation among Africa Students Football players.

“Africa Students Football Union (ASFU) is the International Student Football Union (ISFU) footprint in Africa. The focus is to breed students football champions in Africa that shall join their counterpart student footballers at the World Students Football League (WSFL) with the main objective of promoting the Town and Gown Philosophy through students football.

“Just as FIFA is football specific so is ASFU Students football specific. Just as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a Multisports Organization and FIFA is a mono sports organization that are not in competition with one another so is ASFU a mono sport organization focused specifically on University Students Football.

“ASFU is indeed unique as it is the first Pan Africa Students Football Union in Africa. The main objective of ASFU/ISFU is to use the prism of football to provide growth and development opportunities for students with football skills to use their skills and talent to secure livelihood by being gainfully employed in the world of professional football and allied football business after graduation from the University. ASFU provides opportunity to combine Education and football and secure a future after retiring.

“The ASFU/ISFU comes with lots of benefits to the student footballers. Major among the benefits are the scholarship opportunities and enhanced chances of breaking into the world of professional football,” Prof. Omotayo who also doubles as

ISFU Africa Coordinator said.

The trophies for the tournament were unveiled by the main organizing committee in which the Most Valuable Person (MVP) award was donated by Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, the Highest Goal Scorer award donated by Julius Agahowa and the Best Goalkeeper award donated by Peter Rufai.

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