OPINION: New Dawn At Ondo State Football Agency (OSFA) By Olumide Ogunjimi
Ondo state football agency is one of the most functioning government unit in the sunshine state, Their duty is mainly based on football activities.
The agency is in charge of sunshine stars football club, Sunshine queens and other football units in Ondo State. No doubt sunshine stars being the most prominent football club in Ondo State has gone through lots of ups and downs ranging from relegation, regaining promotion and battling relegation again.
It will be recalled that the last time sunshine stars did brilliantly well was during the administration of Dr Olusegun Agagu when the team qualified for continental league championship.
The team however couldn’t maintain the tempo as they never got a glimpse of the international contest again even throughout the 8years tenure of Dr Mimiko the team only continue fighting to escape relegation.
On 26th February 2017, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was sworn in as the 6th democratically elected governor of Ondo State. On assumption of office, Akeredolu being a sports loving governor was worried about falling records of sunshine stars. The governor now put in place a committe led by a former director general, National sports commission (NSC) Otunba Gbenga Elegbeleye to oversee the affairs the team which is already on relegation zone as it placed 19th on the premiere league table.
The committee led by Otunba Elegbeleye did brilliantly well by making sure the team escape relegation it was a miracle according to sports analysts.
Governor Akeredolu knowingfully well that Otunba Elegbeleye is a very busy international figure swung into action to chop for a man who could sustain the success recorded by the 3man committee, Then the governor brought in another international figure who has traveled far and wide as regards football business across the globe.
The man Alhaji Tajudeen Akinyemi took over as the chairman Ondo State football agency (OSFA). Alhaji Akinyemi got busy and was putting in place lots of reforms into the football agency with his wealth of experience.
Though he wasn’t lucky unlike his predecessors who got huge monetary allocation ranging from 100-150million Naira monthly. But Alhaji Akinyemi had to make do with 20-30milion and to the surprise of many he has performed creditably knowingful well that football business requires lots of money. As the league kicks off this weekend for another season, the Ondo State darling team (Sunshine stars FC) is fully prepared and they are hopeful of making the governor and indeed the good people of Ondo State proud with their performance. One of the sunshine stars players who spoke on condition of anonymity said Alhaji Tajudeen Akinyemi has been a source of inspiration to all the players and the coaching crew and they have vowed to reward him with brilliant performance, while urging the governor to consider a little bit of increament in the monetary allocation of the team, He also thanked the governor for appointing Alhaji Tajudeen Akinyemi as OSFA Chairman.