By Akeem Busari
Coming quickly on the heels of the success of the recently held U13 boys competition organized by Ekiti State Football Association, the family of renowned professor of law and former vice- chancellor of Ekiti state University, Prof. Akin Oyebode, have thrown in their illustrious support to help raise the bars in youth football development, with the Professor Akin Oyebode U15 football competition.
Speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti during the weekend, Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development in Ekiti State, Hon. Akin Oyebode expressed the readiness of himself and the entire Oyebode family to sponsor the football competition in honour of the patriach of the family.
” Firstly, it’s a family endowment. We decided to do this to honour my father who is also the patriach of the Oyebode family from Ikole-Ekiti. Therefore, we collectively decided to honour him by sponsoring this competition,” the youthful and sports loving politician explained.
He stated that sports, particularly, football is a strong tool for character development. Adding that football teaches emotional development and other attributes that helps in life.
A strong fan of top English side Manchester United and home state team Ekiti United, he reiterated that the competition should not be a winner takes all affair.
” We expect the organizers to ensure that there are no age cheats, no fighting and that the competition would be played at a collegiate environment. Hopefully, we look forward to discovering a player or two that may go on to represent the country, in the nearest future, ” he enthused.