Optima Sports Management International (OSMI), the exclusive 2014 FIFA World Cup terrestrial broadcast rights owners for the Nigerian territory, has appointed Nigeria’s former Super Eagles player, Seyi Olofinjana as a guest analyst, and ace broadcasters, Jide Alabi and Shina Okeleji, as presnters for its 2014 FIFA World Cup broadcast.
Olofinjana, a defensive midfielder who played 44 times for the Super Eagles between 2002 and 2010, began his career with the domestic sides Crown FC, Ogbomosho and Kwara United of Ilorin before moving to Europe with Norwegian side SK Brann.
The combative player also played in England with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City, Cardiff City, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday. He also holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Aberdeen University.
Jide Alabi is the Manager, Sports on both Rhythm 93.7 FM and Silverbird Television while Shina Okeleji has about a decade experience in sports reporting for BBC World Service. Both of them have covered various domestic and international football events including FIFA World Cup, African Nations Cup, and CAF Awards, among others.
Olofinjana will serve as a co-commentator and co-presenter at the pitch side presentation for all the Super Eagles matches and features on Inside Brazil, a daily magazine programme during the World Cup while the duo of Alabi and Okeleji will serve as presenters/reporters for Inside Brazil.
Speaking on their appointments, Mr. Kunle Falodun, Managing Director, OSMI, said their choice reflects the premium the organization places on quality as they represent some of the finest in their chosen endeavours.
He said: “We are pleased to announce some of the personnel that will be working with us in Brazil during the World Cup. Their choice is informed by the desire to give the Nigerian football enthusiasts, who will be relying on OSMI for broadcast and update of the World Cup, the best, whether in terms of production, presentation or analysis.
While Jide Alabi and Shina Okeleji worked with us at South Africa 2010 World Cup and we know how much they contributed to the success of the project, Olofinjana, however, is coming on board newly but his knowledge of the game is faultless having being involved for about 15 years at both the domestic and international levels.”