By Akeem Busari
The ceaseless strides of the Ekiti State Football Association led by Bayo Olanlege to take football in the state to higher heights, has received commendation from one of the reverred stakeholders in the state.
Speaking exclusively with Sports Chronicle Magazine from Ado- Ekiti country home, Pa Ayo Agbebi, who was the first ever Chairman of Ekiti State FA, remarked that he is indeed, glad to be alive to witness what he describes as a rebirth of football in the state.
The 78 years old football administrator noted with fondness, the several achievements of the present Ekiti FA board, that included the Bet9ja Ekiti State football league, which interestingly was the first ever in football history of the state, as well as, the JKF youth football championship for U15 boys and girls, and of course, the first of its kind in the state.
Pa Agbebi who was effusive in praises for the Ekiti State FA, also expressed his joy over the qualification of Ekiti male football team for the now postponed football event of the National Sports Festival.
” So many good things are happening in Ekiti State football right now. I must say, kudos to Bayo Olanlege and his board members at the state FA. Interestingly, too, I have to commend the present board for ensuring that the state male football team qualifies for the national sports festival,” he said.
” The last time Ekiti State participated in the football event of the national sports festival was 22 years ago, when I was the Chairman of the state FA. It is heartwarming that Bayo Olanlege and his board have replicated one of my achievements in office.
Pa Agbebi went ahead to admonish stakeholders and lovers of football in the state to rally in support of the present Ekiti FA board. He also lamented the nonchallance and seemingly uncooperative attitudes of not a few indigenes to the activities of the state FA.
” While I want to acknowledge the fact that this state is blessed with enviable resources and human capacity, however, it is a pain that the bane of development in the state remains what I would call the ‘Pull Him Down’ syndrome.
” I believe that with better cooperation with the Bayo Olanlege’s led board and with concerted efforts, football in Ekiti state would reach greater heights,” the football elder statesman asserted.