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Makinde, Wike, Ugwuanyi, Odegbami, others set for maiden edition of ASFU Recognition of Essence project

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….targeted at Africa Champion Clubs and Africa Football Legends

Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), are some of the dignitaries expected to grace the maiden edition of ASFU Recognition of Essence project for African Football Teams and Legends scheduled to hold on November 26th and Wednesday December 14th, 2022 respectively in Ibadan and Awka respectively.

President Africa Students Football Union(ASFU), Prof. Oluwaseun Omotayo explained that worthy recognition for African Sporting icon remains key.

In a media statement sent to photostory.com.ng on WhatsApp, Omotayo noted that the ASFU the Numero uno of Football growth and Development of the beautiful game in Africa Tertiary Institutions is an affiliate of International Students Football Union (ISFU) organised the Maiden ASFU Cup finals in Ibadan in 2019 in a final match won by Lagos State University Nigeria after defeating University of Development Studies of Ghana in a competition that involved other Universities from East and Southern Africa.

Coincidentally, the ancient city of Ibadan is making history again as the city played host to the maiden edition of ASFU Recognition of Essence project. He added that the project is targeted at Africa Champion Clubs and Africa Football Legends. His words: ” It is also interesting to note that the first Nigeria Football Club to win an African Football competition is the IICC Shooting Stars football club. It is that victorious Shooting Stars Players that are being recognized for the superlative performance 46yrs ago. I use this opportunity to appreciate all of the IICC Shooting Stars Squad 76 which included prolific scorer Mathematical Chief Patrick Olusegun Odegbami, field maestro Nathaniel Adewole, Nigeria first football Ambbassador and Mid field commander Mudashiru Babatunde Lawal of blessed memory, Sam Appaiah, Phillip Boamah, Kunle Awesu of blessed memory, long throw master Moses Otolorin, master defender Idowu Otubisin, Goal tenders Zion Ogunfehimi, Best Ogedegbe of blessed memory and in the words of Earnest Okonkwo one Nigeria football commentators the most charismatic of the all Dr Felix Owolabi to mention just a few of the stars, ” he said.

On behalf of ASFU Patron, Board of Directors and the Board of Advisors, the Leadership of Oyo State SWAN, The Chairman and Current Management of the Shooting Stars and Rangers International fc ASFU Partners in the ASFU Recognition of Essence project, Omotayo gave kudos to the positively memorable Shooting Stars Squad ‘ 76. as a minute silence was observed in honor of members of the team who have passed on.

He added that for the Project, the Partners have put together a Commemorative Pre-season friendly football match to be played by two foremost Nigeria football clubs the IICC Shooting Stars Football (3SC) Club and the Rangers International fc of Enugu.

The match shall be preceded by a novelty match to be played by Shooting Stars Team Class of 76 African Cup Winner’s Champions to be captained by Chief Segun Odegbami and Oyo State select team to be captained by the indefatigable performing Sports loving, Pensioners friendly Governor Seyi Makinde who is also the Chief Host of the unique Football event.

Speaking further Omotayo explained that the Recognition of Essence project is targeted at Club sides and Legends in fulfillment of ASFU’s Town and Gown Philosophy as ASFU seeks to secure a career for Tertiary Institutions Football Players: “The launch of the Recognition of Essence Project targeted at the African Champion Football teams and its individual legends of the beautiful game is to serve as motivation for upcoming truely young football players and tje Project Synopsis Date are Saturday, November 26, 2022 & Wednesday December 14,2022 to hold at the Adamasingba Stadium Oyo state and Awka Stadium respectively. “

A Novelty Match tagged the Battle of the Legends 1 (Class of 76 Vs All Star team Captained By His Excellency the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde & Battle of the Legends 2 (Class of 77 Vs All star Team B Captain by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi CON.

• Pre-season Friendly match Home and Away (3SC Vs Enugu Rangers – Home & Away ).

• Lunch of Commemorative replica Jersey used by the 76 and 77 match Final • Match day Experiences with musical entertainments • Commemorative VIP Dinner and Recognition of the team mates of Segun Odegbami and Chairman Christian Chukwu

• VVIP Recognition – Governors of Oyo, Enugu, Osun,Ondo and Ogun and Rivers states • H.E Ezenwo Nyesom Wike CON, Governor of Rivers State is expected to take the ceremonial kickoff, also expected at the event from the Football fraternity are,

  1. Patrice Motsepe – President of CAF 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau– President Nigeria Football Federation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi – Immediate Past Vice President NFF, Chairman Southwest Football Forum, Patron, African Students Football Union (ASFU) and African Sports Management Association Grassroots Football Development Gold Award winner Hon. Kunle Soname – Proprietor and Founder Remo Stars and Patron, African Students Football Union (ASFU) Prof. Vincent Onywera – Deputy Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya and Vice President African Students Football Union (ASFU) Ms. Judiith Siziba – Sport Administrator, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo Zimbabwe and Executive Assistant to the ASFU President on Women Football Development in Africa Tertiary Institutions. Mr. Aitor Labrador Ochoa –ASFU PR & Communications Manager European Union. Prince Peter Rufai – Former Super Eagles Goalkeeper and Ambassador of ASFU Mr. Julius Aghahowa – Former Super Eagles Striker and Ambassador of ASFU among others.
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