Hussey College, Warri will be a major beneficiary of a new sports facility and a block of classroom as the Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick gives back to the secondary school that produced him.
Ostensibly, the gifts are part of the 50th birthday ceremony of the NFF chieftain.
Coincidentally, the beneficiary school, Hussey College also produced both Josiah Dombraiye and Thomson Usiyan, a lethal striker of the Nigerian national football team in the mid 1970s.
Till date, Usiyan ranks among the top five scorers for the Nigerian national football team. Dombraiye, one of the heroes of the 2nd All Africa Games in 1973 was also famously the first scorer at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Ominsport Stadium, Yaoundé when it was opened on 13 February 1972.
He scored Nigeria’s two goals in the 2-1 defeat of hosts Cameroon when the stadium was being opened.
According to a press release by the media department of the NFF, the donation of the block of classrooms and sports facilities by Pinnick is a way of strongly galvanising the interest of the school’s present-day students in sports.
“Hussey College has an intimidating pedigree when it comes to sports. The school has produced a long list of the nation’s real icons in football and other sports, as well as juggernauts in other fields of human endeavour.
“I am proud to be able to do something for this great institution”, Amaju Pinnick is quoted by the press release as saying.
“On Friday, I will be presenting to the school a new football field with a sitting pavilion that has plastic seats, as well as a new volleyball court and two fully –furnished blocks of classrooms,” Pinnick said.
In addition, Pinnick will also be presenting to the school authorities four sets of Hussey College customized football jerseys and balls, as well as four sets of volleyball jerseys and balls.
Hussey College, one of the most renown secondary institutions of learning in the country, has churned out distinguished personalities in sports, banking, commerce, education, law, engineering, entertainment, the military, economics, media and persons who went on to become monarchs.
Among them are the immediate past and the present crowned heads of the city (Ogiame Atuwatse II and Ogiame Ikenwoli), some other leading traditional rulers, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (former military Governor of Lagos State), Admiral Festus Porbeni (former Member of the then Provisional Ruling Council), Dr Gaius Jackson Obaseki (former GMD of NNPC), Otunba Bode Alalade (broadcasting legend), Bismarck Rewane (foremost economist) and showbiz impresario Ken Calebs Olumese.
Former Nigerian international players Thompson Usiyan, Jossy Dombraye, Clement Temile, Mike Obiku, Morten Owolo, Ebiyon Dediare, Ogbein Fawole, Kenneth Nwamuocha, Victor Ighedosa, Humphrey Djebah and Makpor Dibofun all passed through Hussey College.
“Football, nay sport is a veritable and venerable calling these days. Our youths need facilities and equipment for physical, mental and talent development. We also have the responsibility to provide them with the conducive environment to discover their actual talent and hone the same, and nurture it for the greater good of the country in future international competitions,” Pinnick added.
Top officials of the Delta State Government, captains of industry, prominent alumni of Hussey College, monarchs, political and business heavyweights and high-end entrepreneurs are expected at the handing-over ceremony.