Birmingham Scout In Lagos, As Oshoala Kicks Off Clinic For Girl Child
Reigning African women footballer of the year, Nigerian Asisat Oshoala on Monday kicked off week long activities of her pet project for girl child to achieve her dream in football.
Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere was a beehive of activities when the Lagos State/Asisat Oshoala Foundation Secondary Schools Girls Football Clinic was flagged off by Oshoala with ‘Meet and Greet Asisat’ inside Molade Okoya-Thomas Sports Hall of the stadium.
Dignitaries present at the event included the Senior Special Assistant on Sports to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Adeyinka Adeboye, President of Nigerian Women in Sports, Ms Tayo Popoola, President General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo, Nigerian international Gbolahan Salami and a host of others.
Oshoala described the event as her own little way of giving back to the society, and a platform to give a less privileged girl child the opportunity to showcase her talent.
“I want to appreciate everyone for the support for this project. It is a grassroots programme for female football in Lagos state to help our younger generation to achieve their dream in football, ” she said.
Oshoala noted that the programme was able to come to reality through the support of the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode.
SSA to the Governor on Sports, Mr Adeboye in his remarks noted that “Oshoala is an epitome of success and a lady whom we are all proud”. He enjoys the students to emulate her humility and respect.
While pouring encomiums on Oshoala, President of Women in Sports, Popoola said she was fascinated with the Nigerian international because of her determination to succeed in life, adding that at any point Oshoala wants her support she will be readily available.
Birmingham football scout, Ali Al Roz
A football scout from Birmingham, United Kingdom, who purposely came to Lagos because of this event, Mr Ali Al Roz said he will be around to scout for the best girls during the clinic with a view to help expose and nurture their talent.
According to Al Roz, despite her achievement in female football, Nigeria is still a country not so strong in female football as there is still a long way to go for her to attain the desired height in the game.
“I am here in Lagos for Asisat and to help the girl child gets necessary rudiments to achieve her dream in football. During the clinic, I will be looking out for exceptional talents that we will further groom for the future. It is a long term activities that won’t end at the clinic, ” he said.
Highlights of the activities during the ‘Meet and Greet Asisat’ were distribution of jerseys to some students and photograph session with Asisat herself with the schools girls who in turn asked series of questions and answers were given to them by Oshoala herself.