A former Nigerian soccer legend Taju Disu has promised to revive the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) as he takes over the leadership of the federation which had been in comatose for a while.
Disu gave the assurance when he was sworn in as Lagos State Chairman of the body at a ceremony held at Kelin Hotel, Adelabu Street, Surulere, Lagos State, pointing out that grassroot football is dead in Nigeria as a result of dwindling situation of Youth Sports Federal of Nigeria(YSON)
The swearing-in was conducted by the association’s National Legal Adviser Barrister Kola Adepoju, and had in attendance number of stakeholders in the football and sports industry in the country
Disu said he accepted his nomination in good faith describing it as a call to service and an avenue to give back to the country, adding, “this is the time for YSFON to resurrect from the dead”.
The former soccer warlord went back memory lane on how he had breakthrough in football through Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) with the support by the late pillar of sports in Africa, Bashorun Moshood Abiola.
Disu disclosed that through Abiola he secured scholarship to study in the United States of America (USA) after playing for clubs like Leventis United and Abiola Babes
The other members of the executive of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria(YSFON) sworn in include; Ganiu Ajide,Brenda Aladar and Taiwo Alimi
Speaking at the occasion, an ex-international Felix Owolabi eulogised the Chairman of Surulere Local Government, Hon. Tajudeen Ajide, who was decorated as the Grand Patron of the federation in the South-West
The former Green Eagles player, popularly called, ’Owo blow” recalled Ajide numerous contribution to the development of grassroots football, particularly in the South-West,
Dignitaries present at the ceremony include; African Coach of the Year, Kadiri Ikhana, ex-international and newly sworn-in President of Professional Association of Nigerian Footballers, Tijani Babangida, Ogun State Chairman of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria(YSFON),Alhaji Waheed Lawal and his Osun and Oyo States counterparOgun State Chairman of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) in his remarks disclosed that, the inauguration of the State executive will take place in next few weeks in Abeokuta.
Meanwhile, the Grand Patron of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria(YSFON) South-West donated three giant trophies for the staging of a male and female U-18 football competitions tagged, “Tajudeen Ajide Revolution”.
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