Ogun YSFON To Hold MKO Abiola's Cup To Replicate Ramat Football Tourney - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Ogun YSFON To Hold MKO Abiola's Cup To Replicate Ramat Football Tourney

Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria YSFON in Ogun State has unfolded its plan to hold MKO Abiola's Cup in the ancient city of Abeokuta, in honour of the late business Mogul and Pillar of sport in Africa,Bashorun MKO Abiola 

The proposed Competition is to replicate Ramat Cup-a Youth football tournament which holds annually in the City of  Kano in honour of the late Nigerian Head of State,General Muritala Ramat Muhammed

 The State Chairman of  YSFON ,Alhaji Waheed Kashimaawo Lawal who disclosed the plan in Abeokuta while paying a visitation to the Ogun State Commissioner of Youth and Sports,Dr Kehinde Oluwadare at the conference room of the ministry's complex located inside the MKO Abiola's Stadium, Abeokuta

Lawal speaking with *Double A Global Sports* after the meeting, eulogised the late Pillar of Sports in Africa,MKO Abiola severally, saying the Late Business Mogul  apart from being the Pillar of Sports in the whole of Africa,Abiola did a lot more for the development of Sports in Nigeria and Ogun State,

"Don't forget that Abiola owed a football Club based in Abeokuta(Abiola Babes),he was the first Club owner that increased his Players' salary by more than 200%,and while defending his decision,he said Footballers are like Soldiers sent to the war from who must be fully equipped and the only way to equip footballers is to give them more and more money,he also gave car loan to the Players of Abiola Babes in 1984 and he was the first Club Owner to fly an injured Player abroad for treatment,above all MKO Abiola was the Grand Patron of YSFON while alive,so Ogun YSFON has thought it wise to inaugurate an annual football tournament in MKO Abiola's honour in order to immortalise him",Lawal disclosed that a Proposal to that effect is already on the way.

Also on the YSFON delegation to the Commissioner's office was the Organising Secretary,Kayode Shofolu,the Director of training,Coach Henry Oviawe,the only woman Officer doubles as the Gateway United Supporters' Club Chairman,Alhaja Kudirat Odebiyi and players of Allen-Taylor Football Academy including four of them,Captain,Michael Adeniji,Olafimihan Dolapo,Oderinde Pelumi and Olubowale Timileyin
selected to join the National Under-15 side,the *Future Eagles*;the four Players are the 

The State Youth and Sports Commissioner in his response, expressed the readiness of  the State Government to ensure that any talented youth discovered through Sports in the State is not just to represent the State but to go ahead and represent the country in international events

He enjoined  the YSFON officials to submit their Proposals to the government through the State Sports Council for necessary action on it .

While speaking on behalf of the YSFON delegation,the former Chairman of Ogun State house of Assembly Sports Committee,Honourable Wilfred Olufemi Allen-Taylor whose sponsored football Academy-Allen Taylor football Academy represented the State at this year's Ramat Cup asserted that most of the other States that participated at the tournament were wholly sponsored by their State government

It would be recalled that the Ogun State team came fourth at the just concluded Ramat Cup tournament in Kano, after losing in the semi-finals to the eventual Champions of the National Football Championship, the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja side

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