By Oluwole Francis
The leadership of Ondo State Football Association has called on all its local council chairmen and other relevant stakeholders to join hands in a bid to return the lost glory of the game of football in the state.
The Chairman of the Association, Otunba Dele Ajayi stated this in Akure during the FA’s full council meeting held at the Ondo State Sports Complex Board Room.
Ajayi said the meeting was imperative to allow elected members of the Association from the nook and cranies of the state to encourage more football activities at the grassroots level as a matter of urgency.
“You are elected to serve the youths and to develop football in your locality if you can not do it again tell those people you are not ready to serve them again.
“Those who felt they can’t do it again should resign and let us conduct a bye- election and move football forward in the state.
“Please let us work together as one ,no victor no vanquished at the last elections ,we have all won, we have all decided to work together and move football forward in our darling State.
“For us to move football forward, there must be cooperation, all hands must be on deck for the development of football,” he said.
Ajayi, who also spoke on the proposed state league by the Football Association ,said the purpose was to have two teams on different age grades that the association would be proud to present at any competition.
He also urged the local council chairmen to always keep the leadership abreast of happenings in their localty.
The chairman also tasked them to help the association look for sponsorships back ups and sponsors for the coming State Football League.
“There are no corporate industries in this state that we can talk to about the development of football except for philanthropists and politicians.
“Our representatives both at the state and National Assemblies can bankroll some of our activities let us cooperate because we have a lot to do together ,we should forget about the last election and move forward”
Stakeholders from across the zones in the state were in attendance as critical issues on developing football at the grassroots level were discussed at the full council meeting which was the first since the present board was elected.