By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A scouting agency in Africa, Dynamic African Stars, has stormed Osun State to search for talented youths in sports and other careers aimed at exposing them to opportunities abroad.
Addressing journalists in Osogbo, an official of the agency and the Technical Director of Liway Football Club, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mr Muhammed Mustapha said the agency came to Osun to unveil a project tagged “Sports and More” aimed at empowering youths in the state as well as helping them to get into limelight.
Mustapha said the agency had invited youths to display their talents in sports and other vocations and would be picking 100 of them for international opportunities.
The sports agent who disclosed that a lot of people across the country have benefited from the initiative said the agency would be partnering with the state government and stressed that sports is a money-spinning career that stakeholders should tap into.
His words: “We are here to unveil a project call ‘Sports and More’. The aim of the project is to empower the youths of Osun State; first, through sports and other careers including fashion designing, barbing, weldering among others.
“What we are doing in our agency is 80 percent sports but after examining critically, we thought it is wise also to use our contacts and connections to help the youths of Osun State in securing jobs that they will use to fall back to the society and build the state.
“So when I am talking about jobs, I’m not talking about jobs in Nigeria, I am talking about international jobs and before we commence this, we have traveled so many countries, I have been to Kuwait, Qatar etc and we have built relationships with organisations and companies.
“Now, we want to come back home and help our youths, to connect them with all these companies in one way or the other. It not only about football, but definitely, when we say sports, sport presently is the third religion we have in the universe.
“When we talk sports, everybody comes out. It means it is the key to unity. So we are using sport as a platform. Of course as a club owner, we have a scouting event in our project of which we have started in Ile-Ife, Ilesa and Osogbo.
“In the area of football, we must scout for the best and aside from that we will collaborate with individuals and companies that are ready to partner with our organization in empowering the youths of Osun State and our plan and focus is to be empowering and connecting 100 youths from Osun State every year to their dreams in sports and more. We will touch every part of youth empowerment.
“We want to take 100 off the street, we want to give jobs to 100 and we want to connect them to their dreams.”
The agency carried out the scouting project in Ile-Ife on Friday and Saturday at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and in Ilesha on Sunday.