*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Oyo lawmaker has congratulated Lagelu born Japan based Football Coach.
***Hon. Akintunde Olajide…
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Oyo state House of Assembly Lawmaker Honourable Akintunde Olajide, has congratulated the newly appointed former Shooting Stars football club of Ibadan Coach Bolarinwa Obalola,
who emerged as head coach of Japan Based football club, Zion FC.
****Coach Obalola Bolarinwa poses with a Japan Friend….
Obalola Bolarinwa played football in Nigeria for Shooting Stars of Ibadan, Osun United, Lagos United and Stationery Stores. He then travelled to Oman where he continued his career. After playing active football, Obalola went further to become a coach. He did his KNVB course in Amsterdam where he studied the Johan Cruff style of football.
He is known to have special interest in grassroots football. Before his appointment as coach of Zion FC, he was the Director of Misa Soccer Academy in Japan. He has been in Japan for over ten years.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reporter in an encounter with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Party Whip of the 9th Assembly, Honourable Akintunde Olajide popularly called AKT representing Lagelu state constituency on Sunday described Bolarinwa’s appointment as putting square peg in a round hole.
The lawmaker stressed that his personal relationship with Zion FC of Japan’s new head coach spans many years because of his natural love for grassroots football development saying that the new coach has continued to make Oyo State, Nigeria, and Nigerians proud at the global stage.
SWIndepwndentnews.com.ng gathered that Obalola once organized training for grassroots coaches in Nigeria and got resource persons from Nigeria, South Africa, Japan and Turkey to train the coaches. A training program he organised for the grassroots coaches from Japan was held online.
Honourable Akintunde explained that the former Shooting stars FC players is also helping helping his pet project in grassroots football development in Lagelu which is gradually providing some of the youngsters international exposure.
He noted that the Governor Seyi Makinde led government is also creating an enabling environment for the professional and aspiring athletes as well as footballers to discover their talents and avenues to harness their natural skills via grassroots sports development saying that the newly remodelled Lekan Salami Sports Complex has further motivated all sport lovers and athletes in the state to want to jump in the ring.
“It is a thing of joy and pride seeing that our very own Bolarinwa Obalola who is a thorough bred and homegrown football player is making us very proud on the international scene in far away Japan. His appointment did not come to me as a surprise because he has shown an exceptional interest in grassroots football development right here in Nigeria.
“He has so much passion for the less privileged at the grassroots to reach the peak of their goals which was one of the things that easily endeared him to me and our relationship has come quite a long way because of the passion for grassroots development not just in football but in other areas of life in general.
“If you look at what our own Governor Seyi Makinde is doing here in Oyo state you must agree with me that the future of sports in Oyo is gradually moving global because of the world class sporting facilities being provided by the Governor so add up all these together you will see the reasons for my excitement and what that tells you is that there is reward for hard work.
“The appointment of Bolarinwa will definitely motivate and inspire our young ones at home to chase their dreams and aim for the peak of their aspirations. We want to produce many more of Bolarinwa in our state and that is why we are collaborating with him even before his new appointment in the development of grassroots football in Lagelu local government.
“I can assure you that as representative of my people, I will continue to search and explore all available opportunities to bring the world to Lagelu local government because we are the ‘baba Ibadan and must be seen to be providing that leadership. I’m really very happy and proud of the new development in Japan and I shall continue to collaborate and partner with relevant stakeholders in the development of grassroots football in Lagelu local government.” Hon. Akintunde said.