8th September, 2011
Â Omololu Olabisi Olowu single-handedly assembled female students 10 months ago to found Young Talent Queens Academy of Agege, Lagos State, Nigeria. As the team coach of the academy, Olowu spoke with P.M.Sports about her plans for the young queens.
What motivated you to establish Young Talent Queens?
It was the former Commissioner of Agriculture and Co-Operative in Lagos State, Enoch Ajiboso, who encouraged me to focus on football. I took the advice and today, I am happy that the club is doing well.
How did you meet Ajiboso?
I met Ajibola when he was the chairman of Agege Local Government. People called him Baba Ajib. He was our Patron when I started playing football during my secondary school days. He is the Proprietor of Ajiboso Queens.
My football career began at Pepsi Academy of Agege under Coach Kashimawo Laloko. From there, I moved to Ajiboso Queens, Olatimeji Tigress and Damsel FC of Ibadan, Oyo State.
What are your plans for Young Talent Queens?
I am planning to organise a three-week holiday camp in Ado-odo/Otta Local Government Area in Ogun State.We are expecting at least 30 players for the programme. I also want the club to play outside Nigeria, possibly Benin Republic,Ghana and Togo in order to gain exposure.
What are the challenges your club is facing now?
We need sponsors for our programmes. Due to financial constrainsts we cannot travel out of Lagos for football competitions. The club is facing a lot of challenges now. We are calling on sports stakeholders in Agege to come to our aid.