The Ogun State Football Association (FA) has unveiled a new football club, Ajebo FC to promote the development of grassroots football in the State.
The club, named after a community, “Ajebo” in Obafemi – Owode Local Government area of the State was unveiled by the Chairman of the State FA, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi at the Ultramodern Stadium of McPherson University, near Foursquare Gospel Church Camp.
Explaining the reason behind the launching of the club, the President of the Club and Co – owner, Chidi Ijere Daniel (CID), declared that would serve as a platform for the discovery and development football talents in the State.
Daniel, who is the National Sports Coordinator of Foursquare Gospel Church, said vowed that the club would compete favorably in both national and continental championships.
He added that the club would also boost grassroots sport business and development in the State.
Daniel explained that the club was already in existence, but operating at a communal level, adding that the club has been upgraded with the target to play in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) and the CAF Champions League.
He said “I have watched them play and I have seen that these boys have got a lot of talents, they only need somebody that can help them. I felt with the little that God has given to me in terms of technical knowhow, in terms of intellectual knowhow and by the grace of God with the special people that surround me, one should be able to offer help that will take these boys places.
“We want to play in the Nigerian professional football league, we want to win the league, we want to go continental and represent Nigeria in the CAF champions league, we want to win the champions league, we want to remain in the Nigerian league for as long as life permits even when I’m no longer alive.
“We expect that well meaning Nigerians will come to support what we have done. There are plans to travel outside this country to project the image of this club to the world.
“Sport is business, we want to take the club to corporate organisations to embrace it as business, so that when they support us with their funds, they also make more money for themselves.”
While unveiling the club, the Chairman of the State FA, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi, who was represented by the Vice Chairman of Obafemi Owode Football Council, Awolesi Benson Oluwafemi, called for more investment in grassroots football to develop young talented players and the game at the national level.
The FA chairman lamented poor investment in grassroots football and attributed the woeful performances of Nigerian football team in international outings to the underdevelopment of football at the grassroots level.
“Grassroots football is not developing because we don’t have much sponsorship. We have talents, we many talented young players, but there are no sponsors. Every nook and cranny of the country is full of talents where we can get better players, but when there are no sponsors, there is nothing we can do.
“If we can get more sponsors, definitely we will have people that will participate more in sports and that will help our youths”, he said.
Majekodunmi expressed the optimism that the club would serve as a veritable platform for youths to showcase their talents in football.
The Olu of Ajebo, Oba Olalekan Oluwole among other dignitaries were in attendance.