The Future of Ajegunle
What are successful musicians from AJ doing to build other young stars from AJ?
The Olori Oko himself (Daddy Showkey) is working towards that but, before you do such, you have to prepare yourself and those you want to work it. Preparations are however in top gear to build young promising artistes in AJ city. It is not an easy task but Daddy Showkey is really passionate about this project and we are ready to support him.
The only problem is that some of these big stars should be giving back to the society that contributed to who they are today.
In Ajegunle today, in spite of the footballers the place have produced, we don’t have a genuine football academy and that is an indictment on the ex-players who were products of Ajegunle.
John Iremirem, the Head coach of Young Talented Queens Female Football Club, said the ex-international are not helping matter in some regards. “Some of them started from here and they know what it takes to come out of this jungle and become a super star. We have Siasia, we have Amunike and the rest of them. When they have an assignment they don’t look inward where they are coming from; they prefer looking outside, while there are a lot of stars dying here. Everything is not about money; they can also come and encourage these young girls. Just coming here alone will encourage these girls because it’s not easy for a girl to be a footballer in Nigeria.
It’s very easy for girls to gets discouraged playing football. Just come and tell them there is hope because you started from here”, he said.
His team, started three years ago, comprises ladies from secondary school. “After our exploits back to back in the Principal Cup, we decided to come together to form a female team. We won a promotion ticket to Professional League 1. Our main objective is to see these young lads grow into various levels of the National Teams and get clubs outside the country also”, he said. He said three of his girls were invited to the camp of the Falconets in Abuja.
There is a lack of sponsors of grassroots football in the country and the NFF female department has a lot to do. “Like the league we went to play, there were a lot of errors and foul play. Such things would really discourage girls from playing football. Josephine Chukwuneye and Ebere Okoye currently with the Super Falcons are my products”, he said. Young Talented Queens in a training session.
His three girls, Ayo Omonsuyi, Elizabeth Nwanchukwu, and Chiwendu Jojo invited to the camp of the Falconets expressed optimism that they have what it takes to be part of the team. While attributing the invitation to the work of God, the three girls said the invitation was a sign of morning not only for them, but for the entire team that have been used to seeing the dark side of being female footballers.