Stakeholders in the game of football in Osun state have called on the state government to invest in the round leather game with a view to resuscitating it from total collapse.
They made this call on Thursday in their separate remarks during the inauguration ceremony of the standing committees of the Osun State Football Association.
Speaking, the chairman of the association, Otunba Rasaq Isola Mustapha called on members of the standing committees to rise up and save the dying football in the state. He expressed optimism that the state government would pay more attention to the game.
Otunba Mustapha enjoined all and sundry, most especially football enthusiasts to bring their expertise into play, since the system has suffered and quite bent out of shape.
He noted that the state is blessed with tested and proven human resources to turn things around, brilliant ideas, suggestions and thought provoking recommendations would not be kept under the carpet.
In their separate remarks, one time Super Eagles Coach, Chief Adeoye Onigbinde and Ex International, Dr. Felix Owolabi submitted that there was a need to right past wrongs that fetched the teams relegation.
” The state of football in the the state of Osun today makes me to shed tears because am aware of the potentialities endowed in this state by God, what are we doing with the potentialities? I think that’s a very big challenge to everyone of us.
“Osun State that has produced stars in the past, I don’t know where we are today as far as football is concerned. FIFA has about two hundred and ten member nations and we should be proud of where we belong, not only that, the task of improving the image of football, the ‘king of sports’ should be our topmost concern.
“Crime in the world today is juvenile oriented, cyber crime, kidnappers and highway robbers are mostly perpetrated by youths, through sports, particularly football, we can curb these unpalatable scenarios,” the Modakeke high chief who was the first indigenous coach to take Super Eagles to African Cup of Nations and a world football star stated.
In the same vein, Dr Felix Owolabi averred that “now is the time to contribute to the development of dying football in the state.”
“Every child is a potential child and as a result of that, I decided to take to that path. lf government can invest in sports, believe you me, the restiveness we have on ground today would no longer be there. In the military era, sports thrives in this country because there were technocrats in our sports commissions with viable blue prints.
“Am here today because I noticed the passion of the current board in developing football in the state, therefore I want to charge the board to develop short, medium and long term frameworks in promoting and restoring football to where it formerly belong in the state.” Owoblow as he is fondly called submitted.
Various stakeholders who spoke at the event suggested that governments shouldn’t look away from sports investments. They canvassed for building of facilities mainly for sporting activities and maintenance should be done as and when due.
“Football and National Youth Service Corps are the main pillars on which the national unity lean upon, jeopardizing these pillars would tantamount to non existence of our dear nation. Late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi legacies must be sustained in the state by the current board.
Members of the committees announced were made to take oath of office while the chairman of Public Relations and Media, Prince Dauda Abimbola drew the curtains of the ceremony by stating that Osun Football would henceforth know no backwardness.
Here is the list of the standing committees of Osun State Football Association
REFEREE APPOINTMENT COMMITTEE
1. CHAIRMAN: HON. ADIO SULAIMAN
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: OLATUNDE GBENGA
MR. SALAMI A.A
MR. AGBOOLA SARAFA
MR. WALE OLALEKE
ELDER ALONGE JACOB
MR. B.O. OYEDARE
MR. ADEMOLA ADEWALE
MR. AKANBI BASHIRU
1. CHAIRMAN: PRINCE DAUDA ABIMBOLA
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: ADEYEMI ABODERIN
MR. ADEDIBU BABATUNDE
MR. ALADE LAWAL
MR. WALE MORIES AWOFISOYE
MRS. FUNMILAYO MORADEYO
MR. DEMOLA ATANDA
MR. MUSLIM AKINTOLA
MR. AYOBAMI OWOJORI
ORGANISING/DISCIPLINARY AND STRATEGIC COMMITTEE
1. CHAIRMAN: MR. SALAMI FATA .T
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: ALH. LAYI OLAFIRANYE
MR. MAXWELL MAKINDE
MR. TOKI FATAI
COACH YEKINI AYODEJI
MR. ADEBAYO ADESINA
MR. YEMI ADEGOKE
MR. TOSIN LATUNDE
MR. BANKEFA OLUWAFEMI
TECHNICAL AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
1. CHAIRMAN: CHIEF ADEGBOYE ONIGBINDE
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: CHIEF AYO ODIDI
DR. FELIX OWOLABI
MR. ALEX OWOPETU
MR. LADEGBAYE ADEROGBA
PRINCE IBRAHIM OYEYEMI BELLO
MR. GBENGA OLOLADE
MR. ADEMOLA DAINI
PASTOR MIKE ADEYEMI
GRASS ROOTS FOOTBALL AND ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT
1. CHAIRMAN: RAWLLINGS OYEBAYO
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: ABDURASHEED ADEDIRAN ADELEKE
MR. KAZEEM BABATUNDE
MR. OKIKIOLA WOLE ATOYEBI
MR. BABALOLA OLABODE KAYODE
MR. AWOYEMI TAIWO AKINOLA
MR. SEENI FALONIPE
MR. AKINRINOYE OYEDUNMOLA
MR. KOMOLAFE OLUWATAYO
MRS. KEMI BABALOLA
MR. SURAJ ADELEKE
SECURITY PROTOCOL AND LOGISTIC COMMITTEE
1. CHAIRMAN: ELDER ADEWUMI ADELOWO
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: A.C.P KUNLE OLUSOKAN
MR. KAYODE OJEDIRAN
MR. GBENGA SOBALOJU
MR. ADEDOYIN ADEWALE
ALH. LATEEF ADEDIBU
MRS. OLABIYI ABIMBOLA
MR. ADEDOYIN ANTHONY
ALH. LATEEF ADEDIBU
MR. KAYODE FATOKUN
MR. LEKAN SHODAMOLA
FOOTBALL ELDERS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1. CHAIRMAN: ENGR. AINA KEHINDE
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: HON. ADIO SULEMAN .O.
3. PRINCE ADEGOKE ADESOJI
4. SOOKO SUNDAY ADEWOLE
5. HON. L.B. AYENI
6. S.B. ADETUNJI
7. DADA L.O
8. CHIEF ADEMOLA ADESINA
9. COACH AGBOOLA FATAI
1. CHAIRMAN: ELDER ADELOWO ADEWUMI
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: PRINCE ADEGOKE ADENIJI ADEKUNLE
CHIEF AYO ODIDI
MR. OYEBANJI OYEKUNLE
MRS. USMAN ADETOLA OLAMIDE
HON. SEUN ASAGIDIGBI
MR. AWOYEMI TAIWO AKINOLA
MR. BOWOADE ANTHONY
MR. MUIDEEN ADELEKE
1. CHAIRMAN: MR. SHOLA FAYOYIWA F.
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: PASTOR SAMSON ODERANTI
MR. FESTUS ODUNAYO OLUGBEMIRO
MR. ADEWALE AWE
ALH. ISIAKA BOLAJI
ALH. LAYIWOLA OLAFIRANYE
MR. OLU ANISERE.
MRS. RONKE OGUNBANWO
HON. ADIO SULAIMAN
ETHICS AND FAIR PLAY COMMITTEE
1. CHAIRMAN: MR. ADEOGUN ISIAKA
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: MR. OLU ANISERE
PASTOR KUNLE SHIPEBI
MRS. GBADEBO OLUWASEYI
MR. JIMOH ADESOLA
MR. TOPE LATUNDE
MR. AKINTIBUBO OLAJIDE
HON. MUIDEEN ELEBUIBON
MR. J. S ALABETUTU
LEGAL AND APPEAL COMMITTEE
1. CHAIRMAN: BAR. LEKAN IBRAHIM
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: BARRISTER ADEYENUWO ROTIMI
3. MEMBER: BARRISTER BIODUN SONAIKE
4. MEMBER: M.S ADEOLA OGUNDEPO
5. MEMBER: TUNDE ADEBIYI
1. CHAIRMAN: PROF. SOJI ADEDOYIN
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: ALH. OMOLAJA
3. MR. ODIAMEHI PETER
4. MRS. JUMOKE OLAFADEHAN
5. SANGODEYI BEATRICE
6. DR. ISREAL ADEYANJU
7. MR. ABIMBOLA OLAYENI
8. MR. AWE KAYODE OLUFEMI
9. DR. SULAIMON FOLORUNSO
PROJECT AND SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE
1. CHAIRMAN: CHIEF MUSTAPHA RASAK .I.
2. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: AYODEJI OGUNJOBI
3. TUNDE SHAMUSUDEEN
4. DR. ROMOKE EDU OGUNLANA
5. OTUNBA MURITALA ADEBAYO
Seyi Akanni – Media Officer, Osun FA.