GRASSROOTS SOCCER THE WAY TO GO…..ENGR. BURAIMOH, COMRADE ADEWALE
The 7th edition of Otumba Henry Ajomale Cup for U-15 boys football competition finals was played on Sunday, October 15 at the Campos Square mini- Stadium, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Of the 64 teams that started the competition weeks ago, Malo FC of Ayobo emerged winner of the competition.
Speaking at the event, to commemorate his 73rd birthday, the sponsor of the grassroots soccer tournament and APC chairman in Lagos, Otunba Henry Oladele Ajomale , thanked the organisers and youths for identifying with the ideals of the competition, which among other things was to horn their talents, and showcased at bigger stage internationally.
“We shall continue to encourage the youths in talent development and academics for a brighter future. As long as there’s life, I will continue to support these children to expose their talents.”
He assured that the competition would continue and flourish as his contribution to humanity and for the betterment of teeming youths in Lagos.
Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Engr. Valentine Buraimoh averred that success at international competitions is anchored in a systematic development of football starting with a firm foundation at grassroots level.
“we need to develop our football right from the lowest level, in terms of age, and for this to happen we need to take a hard look and make an honest assessment of what it is that is creating this stumbling block. We should not forget that we failed to qualify in this year’s world U-17 World Cup, currently taken place in New Delhi, India,” the Council Chief posited.
He further stressed that he is happy to contribute his own quota to the development of the young ones. ” Who knows, if this competition is not held, maybe they will be roaming the streets and become vulnerable to social vices,” he opined.
Speaking earlier, the immediate past Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Comrade Ayodele Adewale showered encomium on the State Chairman of APC, noting that the event has come to stay.
” Otunba Ajomale has used is vision and leadership prowess to redefine youths empowerment via this initiative,” Comrade Adewale stated.
He described Otunba Ajomale has a role model and a blessing to the All Progressives Congress(APC).