It was all glitz and glamour as Africa's football legend, Samuel Eto'o Fils officially launched the Castle Africa 5s in Lagos on Friday.
The high-octane event which was hosted by Trophy Lager in partnership with Castle Lager had various guests in attendance from the length and breadth of Africa.
The Castle Africa 5s is the biggest amateur football competition in the continent, involving grassroot teams from various African countries where the global brewer,ABInBev operates.
Eto'o,a Castle Africa 5s ambassador, in company of his wife, Georgette Eto'o, was joined at the launch by Super Eagles Assistant coach and Trophy 5-A-Side ambassador, Joseph Yobo and Alhassan, a Senegalese ex footballer.
Highlights of the event include the breathtaking and energetic performance by the Nigerian Football Supporters Club led by its President General, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo and a showstopping display by a group of acrobats and cheorographers who displayed the flags of the 16 participating countries in this year's tournament.
At the event, football also met with entertainment as prominent names in the entertainment circles including Falz and Femi Adebayo,who are also Trophy Lager brand ambassadors were on hand to lend support for the launch.
In her remark, Marketing Director, International Breweries Plc.,Tolulope Adedeji said it was a great pleasure for the company and the Trophy brand to host the launch of the Castle Africa 5s in Nigeria considering how much Nigerians love football.
She noted that the Castle Africa 5s has grown big as a developmental football initiative in the continent the same way that the Trophy 5-A-side has been impacting in Nigeria.
She lauded the grassroot soccer tournaments canvassed by the parent company,ABInBev which is being executed by Castle Lager in Africa and Trophy Lager in Nigeria.
The event reached its climax as the defending champions of the Castle Africa 5s, the Trophy 5-A-Side team, Scope FC, were recognised and celebrated amidst rousing welcome from the audience.
The members of the team who were visibly elated for being part of the launch thanked the organisers of the Trophy 5-A-Side and Africa 5s for giving them the platform to showcase their talents and abilities.
The team encouraged the managements of ABInBev and International Breweries Plc to continue to sustain the tempo and even raise the bar of the tournament to enhance grassroot football development in Nigeria and all across Africa.