The two contestants for the Osun Football Association (FA) Chairmanship, Prince Ademola Bamidele and Otunba Rasaq Mustapha, have listed plethora of promises and plans should anyone of them be voted as the chairman of the association.
The contestants, who featured on a debate organised by the Osun Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Osogbo in Saturday said their affiliation to the FA, and how they had worked for football development would advance the course of football more.
For Bamidele, (the acting chairman of the Osun FA), he would seek sponsorship across the state; from banks and private sector organisations to enhance football in the state and also ask local government chairmen to rally round support for the growth of the round leather object’s association.
Bamidele said he would also use goodwill, through ex-internationals and footballers from the state to facilitate foreign scouts who would come and watch the state league, and help to export discovered talents to foreign teams around the world.
In his own presentation , Mustapha, the Chairman of Ajiroba Ooni FC, Osun, said he would get sponsorship for the state football development with his link with major global companies all over the world.
Mustapha added that priority would be given to grassroots football by creating opportunities for kids to learn, compete and develop their talents and also create Osun Youth League for U-15 boys and girls.
The two contestants, however, agreed to work together, irrespective who is elected, as they have both been friends and worked together on the board of the state football association.
They also promised to revitalise and develop age grades and grassroots football if elected.
Recall that Osun FA chairman’s seat became vacant after the demise of late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi in February.
Consequently, an election to select a new head for the FA would hold on Monday (tomorrow) at NUT hall in Osogbo where a new chairman, expected to pilot the affairs of the state football for the next four years will be elected.
Bamidele said, “We hope to organise a major competition across the state and tap talents from the the competitions. There must be teams across the state, as I am going to convince local government chairmen to spring out football teams from their folds.”
“We shall appeal to individuals across the state to seek for sponsorship. Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi was a great man and very energetic. I am very close to him as I can say he is the best we had. I never thought of contesting for the Chairmanship Position if not for the death of the great football Icon.
“We have to be prudent in the way we spend as an association so we can have a lot of achievement during our tenure. We expect constructive criticism from football stakeholders cause we believe that will spur us to do more.
“We shall work hard on security challenges on match days. Sensitizing and orientating the fans on why they need to be calm amidst poor officiating from the referee.
“I am a friend to the physically challenged people and definitely the special people need our help. I shall do a lot for the para-athletes across the state,” Prince Bamidele Ademola explained.
Also speaking, Mustapha said, “I believe in equal right and I believe the para athletes need our help. We have so many of them that are talented around us.
“I am a passionate lover of football and I have been doing that for long and have spent over 50million Naira in the last 16 years. I brought the idea and wrote the proposal for the erection of the six stadia across the state.
“I promise to work with major stakeholders across the state. Apart from using my money to sponsor football in the state, fans and lovers of the game should also be ready to take part in the same course just as it is done in other part of the world.
“Osun state has paid a fine of over 5million for fans encroachment and other unruly behaviours. We have to hold seminars continuously for our fans and orientate them on through radio and TV,” Otunba Razaq Mustapha stated.
Earlier in his welcome address at the debate attended by grassroots coaches, referees, sports journalists and other stakeholders I sports in the state, the Chairman of SWAN in Osun, Mr. Adeyemi Aboderin said the debate was organised to set agenda for the election saying that SWAN Osun chapter would be the first state to organise such.
The Secretary of SWAN in Osun state, Mr. Timothy Agbor advised the contestants to harness their manifestos after the election and work towards developing the game of football in the state.