By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Lanre Ogunjobi, son of the former Secretary-General of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), late Taiwo Ogunjobi has said that his goal is to better his late dad in football administration cum marketing.
Speaking before the final of the Ogunjobi Gold Cup, a pre-season tournament in honour of the late NFA Secretary-General, Ogunjobi expressed delight that his dad is still been recognized.
His words: “My dad left a good legacy as one of the best football administrators in Nigerian. I also want to follow that part as I work in the Marketing Department of League Management Company (LMC).
“I am still learning the ropes but obviously, as I grow in the job I know I will achieve my dreams as I am also very passionate about Nigerian football.
“Late Ogunjobi was astute with his administrative and management skills but for me, my focus is more on the business side of the football.
“We all know the beautiful game is capital intensive and requires a lot of funds, so my job as one who has marketing skills is to convince our corporate Nigeria clients to put their monies in our football.”
While commending the organisers of the Ogunjobi Gold Cup, he also thanked Nigerians for the successes the tourney has recorded over the years.
“The pre-season tourney which started nine years ago keeps improving and raising the bar as the best in Nigeria.
“We, family members of late Ogunjobi, are thankful to everyone who has supported the tournament and the General Coordinator, Tunde Shamsudeen and his team.
“I saw the semi-final game between Remo Stars and Tornadoes, it was a cracker. Remo Stars also showed class winning the final against Shooting Stars. From what I have seen, my family and I are looking forward to the 10th edition of the Ogunjobi Gold Cup,” he added.
The country’s first pre-season tournament was sponsored by Optima Energy, and funded by Alansmith Nigeria Limited, Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi Foundation, Nigeria leading sportswear firms, Owu, Haggai Sportswear, Afripro, Naija League Magazine, Matchroom, Sports and 11th Media Global Concept.
Others are Phreestyle Sports, Renewed Hope, Kao Concept, Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation, Dejavu Communication, Olansile Football Academy, TSI Football Club and ITS Football Management.