Companies drawn from various sectors of the Nigerian economy are set to slug it out at the fourth edition of the Remita Corporate Champions Cup (RC3), an annual corporate football tournament, which will commence on Sunday 12 August 2018 at the Sports Pavilion of Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech).
This announcement was made during a press conference on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 in Lagos at the head office of the sponsors, leading Nigerian Fintech firm and owners of Remita, SystemSpecs. In attendance were John Obaro, Managing Director of SystemSpecs; Peter Rufai, brand ambassador of RC3 and former Super Eagles goalkeeper; representatives from the participating organizations; the organizing partner, Mediavision and reporters from major media outlets.
RC3 is a prestigious football event designed to promote team building, inter-company networking and wellness among employees from different corporate firms in Nigeria, in a fun and competitive way.
The tourney brings together eight winners and runners-up of various industry games including Banking, FMCG, Insurance and Telecommunications Games, namely: Friesland Campina, Unilever, FCMB, 9Mobile, First Bank, Leadway Assurance, last year’s winner HIS, and wildcard Credit Direct.
In his opening remarks, the Managing Director of SystemSpecs, John Obaro extolled the benefits of the RC3, which is aimed at creating a work-life balance for employees of corporate organizations. “With RC3, Nigerian corporates are mixing business with leisure. It is that one time when professionals, their friends and family take work matters off their minds.
“We hope to engender greater collaborations across Corporate Nigeria and by that very token achieve more successes that would engender greater innovations for the overall advancement of our beloved country,” Obaro said.
The tournament ambassador, Peter Rufai, popularly known as Dodo Mayana also appreciated all stakeholders who have been part of the tournament. “I appreciate all your support to me and RC3. This is a platform where we look forward to projecting to the rest of the world what is ours. Life is all about relationships and this platform provides the opportunity for relationships to be built even more,” Rufai said.
Unveiling the Trophy and the Draws
The new trophy for the RC3 tournament was unveiled at the event. The silver-plated cup with gold embellishments is called the ‘Koenig Trophy’, meaning ‘A Trophy for Kings’.
The trophy will be retrieved each season and exchanged for a permanent replica. To retain the real trophy, a team will need to win the RC3 for three consecutive times.
In the fixtures for the first four matches, FrieslandCampina would trade tackles with 9Mobile while First Bank would take on the team of Unilever. Leadway Assurance would play against Credit Direct while IHS Towers would face FCMB.
The semi-finals will take place on August 19 while the third place and final matches will be held on 26 August, 2018.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies
During the opening ceremony on August 12, there will be a novelty match between the University of Lagos and the Yaba College of Technology. Popular musician and Ponmile crooner, Reminisce, would be the headline performer at the event.
The closing ceremony would feature a novelty match between the SystemSpecs’ team known as Remita Eagles and Mediavision teams. There will also be a special side attraction during the closing ceremony called the Ambassador Challenge, where participants will play penalties with Peter Rufai as the goalkeeper.
Remita Corporate Champions Cup showcases the best of football skills and passion by professionals in Nigeria. Regarded as the highpoint of Corporate Games in Nigeria, RC3 also serves as an opportunity for Remita customers to better connect with the brand.