*We are into all sports
Development Agenda For Western Nigeria (DAWN) has reiterated its commitment to the growth and development of Sports in the Southwest zone of the country.
The Acting Director General, DAWN Commission Mr Oluseye Adeleye while speaking at the Agege Stadium during the final of the maiden Western Nigeria pre season football tourney during which the commission played a major said the commission’s extermination to ensure not only youth empowerment in the zone but to bring back the glory of sport to the zone necessitated its full partnership with Western Nigeria Football Forum for the preseason tourney.
According to him, “it is no more news that the zone is not doing well at national level in terms of sporting activities and this has been a source of worry to major player/stakeholders in zone and as a result of this we decided to start with this which has produced some talents that we are going to push to the national teams,” he said.
The DG DAWN Commission continued, “you will recall that in the past this zone dominated the national team with likes of late Mudashiru Lawal, Segun Odegbami, Felix Owolabi, Mutiu Adepiju, Ike Shorunmu, Peter Rufai among others but it is not like that now.
Hardly will you see a player from this zone in the line up and we are poised to change all of this. With this project it is achievable and we are not unto football alone but other sports which is in the pipeline,” he said.
He thus informed that the next edition of the South West pre-season will see various state governors of the participating teams behind their teams as it has the blessings of the governors for this project and assured that it will be bigger during the next edition.
The Chairman South West Football Forum Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi in a chat with www.gongnews.net commended the Commission for its support towards staging a befitting tourney.
The First vice president of the NFF who also doubles as Chairman, Lagos State Football Association disclosed that the pre season tourney has been able to achieve its aim of discovering talent and also preach unity among the teams in the zone.