It was a dream come true for the Oonirisa of Yoruba race, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi as he hosted the Football Stakeholders in the Southwest Geographical Region of Nigeria.
The Oba who could not curtail his joy sang and danced to express his delight at the new found unity among the Yoruba Nation.
According to Ooni of Ife, our gathering today is more than football. It is to foster unity among the Yoruba Nation. It is not about politics, it is not about religion, it is not about supremacy battle, it is about unity among the Yorubas.
Oba Ogunwusi went historical when he explained that Ife is the Source and Home for all the Yorubas Worldwide. “There is nobody bigger than others in Yoruba- We in Ife presently are caretaker for our brothers and sisters all over the world. They are free to come home at any time and we are going to give account to them”
“It is God Almighty that install me on this throne and He has mandated me to foster unity among the Yorubas and that’s what I am doing.”
Earlier, the former Coach of the Super Eagle, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde said that the competition is to Identify, Develop and Expose talented footballers in the region.
He lamented that hardly could you see 3 Yoruba players in the assemblage of 30 National team players. “Even the 3 players will either be on the bench or not dressed at all on the match day. He continued by saying that even Yoruba coaches are not getting prominence as none of them is currently heading any National team.
Chief Onigbinde continued by saying that the competition in future will be competed for internationally as Yoruba race is beyond Southwest Nigeria. “We have Yorubas in Benin Republic, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba etc.”
The Chairman of the Southwest Football Forum, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi emphasized the fact that the gathering is not for political reason. He encouraged everyone to cooperate as it is a means of empowering our youth.
The NFF Vice President said that the competition in future will also include the female version, in order to empower the female footballers too.
The Anchor of the day, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi said that it is the Kabiyesi himself who had the idea of the competition. “It is Kabiyesi that called Chief Onigbinde and myself to demand for the possibility of having a competition that will unite the Yoruba race.
The Trophy to be won was unveiled by the Kabiyesi and the Chairmen of the Football Association in the Southwest States.
Among the dignitaries at the occasion are ex-internationals, Felix Owolabi and Mutiu Adepoju, Hon. Ayo Omidiran, NRA President Tade Azeez, Supporters Club President General, Rauf Ladipo, GM of Shooting Stars, Rasheed Balogun and many others.