BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA
Organisers of the late Chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi U-17 Tournament, have unfolded plans for the second edition. The tournament is in memory of the former footballer and administrator who died in February 2019. The competition is billed to kick-off on 5 February and run till 28 February.
It is being organized by the Ijesha football council in Ilesha, where Ogunjobi hailed from. Revealing plans ahead of the annual cadet championship, the chairman of Ijesha Football Council, Rawlings Oyebayo, stated that all hands were on deck to make the tournament a successful one.
He outlined modalities for the soccer fiesta which he said was largely on talent hunt. The essence of the age grade tournament which is sponsored by Siji Lagunju, Deputy Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is to boost the discovery of exceptional talents at the grassroots and catching them young in a bid to provide a well defined future for them.
“Interested grassroots teams are expected to pay none refundable fee of Ten Thousand Naira Only (N10, 000) as the sale of registration forms has begun since Monday, 17th of January.
“With a view to curbing age-cheats, the local organizing committee (LOC) has fixed January 31st for players screening and they won’t hesitate to sanction any team found to have presented over aged players,” he assured.
Late Ogunjobi died at 65. He made his debut for Nigeria in a 1984 Olympic qualifier game against Morocco. The deceased also ply his trade for IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan before venturing into football administration.