The football team that put our darling local government in the news for the right reasons years ago, Apapa Golden Stars FC is back after years of hiatus.
The break, according to the grand patron of the club, Hon. Ayodeji Joseph, is to upgrade the team from just a star nurturing academy for big teams to a reputable and indisputable football team that will compete favourably on all fronts in the foreseeable future.
As part of efforts to rebrand the soccer outfit and continue in the tradition of actualizing career dream of scores of talented footballers, the Cicero of the team, Hon. Ayodeji has perfected plans with two leading sports management companies in Southeast Europe to organize a soccer talent hunt, at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
While speaking with the players and coaching crew, Hon. Ayodeji reminded all present at the pep talk that “football is a money- spinning game that affords players, gaffers, sponsors marketers and other parties boundless opportunities.”
“A good brand will always stand out of the crowd even if it receives little or inadequate attention. You guys have got the world at your feet, I will do everything humanly possible to further aid your bright chances of making it to the biggest stage in world football,” Ayodeji continued.”
“The beauty of it is that you all young and adaptable, skillful and resilient, educated and intelligent. These qualities, I can assure you, will lead you to success in the nearest future. You just have to keep believing in yourself, put up a positive attitude at all time, shun cultism and other destructive social vices, and above all, you must remain global ambassadors of transformational change.”
Speaking further, Ayodeji urged the players to feel free at all time in relaying whatever they perceive as a stumbling block to him, as he will be more than willing to listen and proffer apt and timely solution.
“Beyond football, you can count me in for other developmental programs you may think of, I want to be your launchpad to greatness just has some others have being to me, consider me your partner and teammate because the round leather game is a team sport”, Ayodeji quipped.
You will recall that Apapa Golden Stars has produced world class footballers like Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City, Ogenekaro Etobor of Watford, both in topflight league in England, Isaac Success of Udinese, Italy,
Adewale Sapara of Leixoes, Portugal, James Igbekeme of Real Zaragoza, Spain, Ebiye Moses of Tromsoe, Norway, Fatai Sodiq of Academica, Portugal, amongst others.