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Moyero/Sunshine Stars Scouting: ODSG opens to more partnership – Commissioner

By Femi Atolagbe

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Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Bamidele Ologun has called on sports loving individuals and corporate bodies within and outside the state to join hands with government to develop football.

The commissioner said Ondo State Government is open to any partnership to develop sports at all levels.

Ologun stated this during the four days scouting programme put together by Moyero FC in partnership with Sunshine Stars FC.

 He added that football is a big business and should be seen and treated as such, saying the partnership between Sunshine Stars and Moyero FC would produce more football stars.

He said the partner (Moyero FC) had brought in an expert from Italy to see the talents we have in the state.

He said: “Most of these players need exposure and with this, some of them will go abroad and they could be anything tomorrow; I tell who cares to listen that we still have more of Kanu Nwankwo, JayJay Okocha and the likes in Ondo State. We just want to implore sport loving people within and outside Ondo State to come and support us in any area they deem fit; we are ready for all kind of partnership to develop sports in the State.”

While speaking with Sports Journalists in Akure, The CEO of Moyero FC, Lanre Moyero expressed satisfaction with the intent of players and the team involved in in the scouting programme.

Moyero adds:”We have started well and from all indications there is zeal on the part of this talented footballers to put themselves into the limelight. Yes, the high number of participating teams is an expansion on the previous outings, and it’s an impression that people are seeing football as a means of sustenance and this brought about our partnership with Sunshine Stars.

“As an indigene of Ondo State Sunshine Stars is also my team, so I want to contribute my own quota to the success of the team by way of this partnership which will see to their growth in times of income and sporting competitiveness,” he said.

Also on ground to follow the evening matches is the the General Manager of the Ondo State Sports Council, Mr Henry Babatunde who expressed delight at the impact of the programme on the State’s sports ecosystem.

The Head of Operations, Moyero Group and former member of the Nigeria Premier League board, Akinsola Akinbobola opined that the partnership with Sunshine Stars is going to be enduring.

“There will be scouts from Egypt in two-week’s, before the end of the year we are going to go a training tour and another programme coming up in January. So it is not a one-off thing be a lasting one.”

The two time Sunshine Stars administrator noted: “It’s a win-win for us in Ondo State at the end of the day the we are hoping that the scout, who is of international repute will take some players that are of Ondo State origin and resident abroad. Ultimately they will go and we pray they conquered so they come back to develop our state with whatever they must have made. So in all ramifications it’s a win-win.”

More than 250 players from over 13 teams keen to impress the visiting scout from Switzerland.

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