There was final excitement in the Kocaeli Citizen Tournament organized by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality. In the tournament in which 23 citizen association teams participated, Kocaeli Erzurum Citizens Culture Solidarity and Solidarity Association and Kocaeli Artvin Batumi Area Associations Federation came to the final undefeated. During the tournament, Kocaeli Artvin Batumi District scored 39 goals and Kocaeli Erzurum Association scored 38 goals. 49 football matches were played throughout the tournament, including the final match. The final match, held at Eastern Kışla Park, took place with intense spectator support.
“Brotherhood and solidarity are important here”
Making a statement before the final match, Kocaeli Erzurumlular Culture Solidarity and Solidarity Association President Avni Gözütok said, “First of all, we would like to thank our Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tahir Büyükakın, who contributed to the organization of this tournament. I would also like to thank the Department of Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations. After all, it is a football match. “Brotherhood and solidarity are important here. You see, as an example of solidarity, all fellow citizens’ associations in Kocaeli came together and got to know each other,” he said.
Kocaeli Artvin Batumi Area Associations Federation President Mikail Kalyoncu said, “I would like to thank the Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Tahir Büyükakın, the valuable managers of the Civil Society Department and other colleagues for organizing such an important tournament, as it is the first of its kind. It was a really nice organization. All our associations “They showed us a very good football within the framework of sportsmanship. I hope Kocaeli will win in the end, no matter who comes first,” he said.
Speaking at the cup ceremony after the final match, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Soydabaş said, “The final match of the tournament went really well and it was a good fight. Football is like a short summary of life, in fact, friends who pass the ball are friends who love to share.”
Deputy President Soydabaş gave medals and trophies to both teams playing in the final match.
Medals and cups were given to the Kocaeli Artvin Batumi Area Associations Federation, which became the champion, Kocaeli Erzurum Cultural Solidarity and Solidarity Association, which came second, and the Kocaeli Greengrocer Culture Associations Federation, which came third. The most gentlemanly team, Kocaeli Adıyamanliler Association, and the top scorer of the tournament, Hüseyin Özkan from the Kocaeli Erzurumliler Association team, also received their awards. In addition, as prizes in the tournament, a television, laptop and office set were given to the champion team, a laptop and office set to the second team, a tablet and office set to the third team, and a tracksuit to the most gentleman and the top scorer.