It was a night of fun as Trophy Lager, from the stables of International Breweries, a proud member of AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, organised a dinner in honour of African football legend, Samuel Eto’o Fils, who is in Nigeria to launch the Castle Africa 5s.
Castle Africa 5s is the continental leg of the Trophy 5-A-Side developmental football tournament, the continent’s biggest amateur 5-A-Side football competition involving grassroots teams from several African countries in which ABInBev operates. Last year, the Nigerian Trophy Five-A-Side team won the Castle Africa 5s competition, hence the decision to launch this year's tournament in Nigeria.
Trophy’s Marketing Manager, Bamise Oyegbami, at the dinner highlighted some of Eto’s career moments and celebrated his achievements, noting that they are worth dreaming about by any upcoming player.
Eto was in the company of ex-Super Eagles’ captain and Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Joseph Yobo who is also a Trophy 5-A-Side Brand Ambassador.
Other Trophy 5-A-Side ambassadors present were Folarin (Falz) Falana and Femi Adebayo.
President General of the Nigeria Supporters Club, Rafiu Ladipo commended Trophy on supporting developmental football with the Trophy 5-A-Side tournament, as he said more talented footballers will be discovered through the tournament.
President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Tony Ubani, commended Eto’s goal poaching prowess and his heart of gold. He urged him to continue with his philanthropic acts, asserting that touching people’s lives will always elevate him.
Members of the Supporters club, with some super fans and sports editors, were also in attendance at the dinner.
The Castle Africa 5s Football tournament is aimed at promoting grassroots football development in Africa.