Legendary African footballer joins the expanded tournament
GUANGZHOU, China, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the success of inaugural event in 2016, MoneyGram launched second edition of GOAL football tournament. This year, the competition will be expanded to a 7-a-side tournament to enable more footballers with African origin to take part. GOAL tournament will run for three consecutive Saturdays and culminate in Grand Finals on June 10.
The second edition has also added a legendary footballer, Obafemi Martins currently playing for Shanghai Shenhua, as tournament's ambassador. He will officially open the tournament on May 27 and coach the participating teams. As the captain of the Nigerian national team and a footballer who had played across the world for some of the most renowned clubs, Martins is a truly global supporter. "It is an honor to be an ambassador for MoneyGram's GOAL tournament in Guangzhou. It is great to see MoneyGram supporting football competition for our African community. I look forward to being a part of this initiative and helping it move forward," said Obafemi Martins.
"As football plays such an important role in the everyday life of the African community, there is no better platform to bring those people closer across continents," says Sabrina Chan, MoneyGram's regional marketing lead, Asia, China and Mongolia. "MoneyGram has showed its commitment to football by expanding the tournament and bringing in a legendary African player as an ambassador. This will certainly help to establish the MoneyGram brand in the minds of the African community in Guangzhou and their families back home," added Chan.
The tournament will award a trophy and the Grand Prize of USD 5,000 to the winning team. All the best African teams in Guangzhou are invited to enter this competition and battle for the prestigious champion's title.
Registration for MoneyGram GOAL is open until Wednesday, May 24. It will be available at selected MoneyGram agent locations, at the venue of ALL IN Football Ground, 170 Xingandong Road; or by phone at 13544313238. A maximum of 50 teams can take part in this tournament. Each team can have 8-10 players coming from any African country.
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