29th November, 2011
Chairman of Lagos Divisional Football Association, LDFA, Prince Falade Oyekan, has reiterated his commitment to develop football in the area during his tenure.
Prince Oyekan, who was elected as the chairman of the LDFA on 12 August this year, told P.M.Sports that his passion is to serve the state, promising that he has a lot of programmes in the pipeline he intends toÂ execute before he leaves office.
â€œWe organised a Goalz Schools Project on 1 October as a welcome package for people to see that we were on board. The one-day event, sponsored by Lagos Channel Management, LCM, was a success, judging by the turn out of the pupils who took part in the event.
The programme focused on the discovery of talents in our schools. I believe that it is fromÂ schools we can get young players with authentic age that we can groom for the future,â€ he said.Â Prince Oyekan said the goal of his administration is to revive and restore the glory of football in the LDFA that comprises five local governments with special attention to schools at the primary level.
â€œIâ€™m happy that we have a governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, who has passion for sports. The Commissioner for Sports, Enitan Oshodi and the stateâ€™s FA chairman, Seyi Akinwunmi, are equally administrators with a track record of success in sports.
â€œA good administrator at the grassroots should be able to use the interest of his people to the best advantage of his community.Â For this reason, I do not want to fall short of the expectations of my bosses,â€ he said.
â€œWe have begun with a regular stakeholdersâ€™ meeting to give everybody a sense of belonging in the development of the LDFA. We have been talking to some people in the private sector because we need to get sponsors for our activities.
â€œ Iâ€™m happy that our discussions with these people have been yielding good results. The response of the would-be- sponsors has equally motivated us to fashion out good programmes that would be executed in the LDFA,â€ he said.