By Olumide Ogunbiyi
Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Honourable Wasilat Adegoke has hinted that efforts are underway to establish a government-owned female football team.
Ms Adegoke said this while playing host to a delegation of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Oyo State Chapter who paid her a courtesy visit at her office in the State Secretariat, Agodi.
The commissioner stressed that the plan to create a female football team for Oyo State must be accomplished for the state to have a balanced football team.
She said developing sports at the grassroots is her major priority.
According to her, “Plans are in place to revive the annual football competition among secondary schools in the state, Governor’s Cup. We are also working on initiating a similar football competition for primary school pupils. This is important to catch them young”.
Ms Adegoke assured the visiting sports journalists that Governor Makinde would fulfil the promise he made during her swearing-in that the second phase of the remodelling of the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba will commence soon.
While calling for a synergy between her ministry and the sports writers association, the commissioner stressed that she needed the support of Oyo SWAN to actualize her mission to foster the development of sports in Oyo State.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Oyo State Chapter of SWAN, Mr. Niyi Alebiosu thanked the commissioner for opening the doors of her office to the association.
He charged the commissioner to not only focus on the development of sports at the grassroots but also devise ways to retain the athletes bred in the state.
Oyo SWAN Chairman requested from the commissioner the inclusion of sports writers in all the sporting bodies and associations to be created by the sports ministry so as to allow SWAN to have direct involvement in the development of sports in the state.