Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has charged the 22-member of Uplift Football Team not to neglect their academic pursuit at the expense of developing talents, “education is the key no matter your depth of talents.”

The governor gave this admonition during the official presentation of the pioneering 22-member of Uplift Football Team following their arrival from a two-week football training programme at Udinese FC in Italy.
According to the governor, “You need education alongside the football you are playing to do better in your career.

Members of Uplift Football Team in training session at the Bruseschi Centre beside Udinese Stadio Frivli located in Udine in Italy
Members of Uplift Football Team in training session at the Bruseschi Centre beside Udinese Stadio Frivli located in Udine in Italy

We would not allow your education to suffer. We would monitor your academic performance as you go on in life.”

The governor expressed his satisfaction about the testimony that the Italians were impressed with the team’s disposition during their stay in Udine.

He cited the likes of Chief Segun Odegbami, Ambassador John Fashanu, late Muda Lawal and among other illustrious sons of Ogun State who had done the nation proud in the world of round leather game with their attitudinal excellence.

Earlier in her remarks, the Wife of the Ogun State Governor and the initiator of UPLIFTing Under-15 Grassroot Football programme, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun said members of Uplift Football Team emerged as the best 22 male footballers between ages 13 and 15 across the state having been assessed by reputable footballers.

She explained that some foreign clubs had indicated interest in partnering with the team as a result of the exceptional performance by the players during their programme in Italy.

DSC_0199: Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his wife, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun in a group photograph with the 22-member of Uplift Football Team shortly after presenting the players to the governor at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta…today (Sept. 10)

DSC_1118: Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun (standing), officially presenting the 22-member of Uplift Football Team to the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and members of his State Executive Council at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta.

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