Memory Lane – Short Story Of AAkeem Busari

By Gani Akanni

Akeem Busari was born into the family of Late Alhaji Isa Busari, in Lagos Island, Lagos, in the early 60’s.

Amazingly, Akeem Busari’s father was a Military personnel, who also played football in Nigeria and Ghana. On a football field, he was a defender during his sojourn as a soldier. It is important to mention here, that General Yakubu Gowon commissioned the opening of National Stadium.

Akeem Busari’s father was also an amateur middleweight boxer.

Akeem Busari attended Baptism Primary School, Apapa. Thus, he was the captain of the football team in Primary school. He attended Lagos Technical College (LATECO), Ojuelegba and Gaskiya College, Ijora. Small in stature, as nature, he was considered too small.

However, at Gaskiya College, he met the likes of Charles, Tetteh Osuji, Matthias Enebeli, Jumbo Awala, Badia, Olumba Central defense, late goalkeeper Wasiu Ogunsanya, Depriye, Okiki, Samson Siasia, Alphonus Akhahon before they all left Gaskiya College for other Schools, considered with better football records.

Whilst in college, he played several YSFON competitions. He participated in youths development programs such as domestic football leagues, and nations leagues. He played for BCCI Football Club, Flour Mills Football Club, and the Bank of the North Football Club in Kano.

Akeem Busari traveled to Spain in search of a professional football team. His attempt with Rayo Vallecano was unsuccessful due to knee injury.

Like father like son. Akeem Busari was also a generic boxer.

While residing with his parents at Ajegunle area. He was involved in several youths programs and street club football competitions in areas, such as Ugbewankwo, Ojora, Bale, Oregie, and Navy Barracks. He played in popular well organized Ajegunle Mock Nations Cup for several years.

Amazingly, he founded a football club called Young Eagles.

As a passionate sports lover, he was involved in Athletics, boxing, and table tennis organized tournaments such as Coca-cola Championship, Bournvita and Asoju-oba cups, thus, playing against the likes of Atanda Musa, Titus Omotara, Yomi Bankole and others.

Akeem Busari later worked with Ojo Local Government, while polishing his writing skills for another career and life after football.

Today, he is joyful and thankful to The Creator, The Exalted, The Beneficent, The Merciful for his accomplishment as an ex-footballer, a Coach, an award winning Journalist and a publisher.

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