The victorious Buruj Sports Academy team which won the prestigious International Super Cup in Manchester, England will present the trophy to Lagos State governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on arrival in the country, according to Dr Salaudeen Waheed, CEO of the Academy.
Speaking in a telephone interview, the football administrator also revealed plans to appreciate the support of the Academy’s many sponsors and supporters who have contributed in one way or the other to the team’s success.
“We plan to show our appreciation of the governor’s support by presenting the trophy to him because this is a victory for all of us and the glory is for Lagos state, not for Buruj Academy alone. We hope to also do a trophy tour to some of our sponsors and supporters. The chairman of Shomolu Local Government, Alhaji Hamed Salawu aka Dullar, Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere who is incidentally the chairman of our Board of Trustees, Alhaji Gafar of 36 Lions and many others too numerous to mention here. When we get back to Nigeria, we shall reveal an elaborate plan of activities,” he said.
In another development, Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, Founder of Love of Christ Generation Church has been conferred as the Life Matron of Buruj Sports Academy as part of preparations for the 10th year anniversary of the Academy.
The spiritual leader of the Londonn-based church was presented with a commemorative medal and pronounced the life Matron of the academy by Dr Salaudeen at a reception in the team’s honour.
The English International Super Cup champions on Sunday paid a visit to Reverend Ajayi in Clapham North, London and enjoined her to be the life Matron which she accepted with the promise to support activities of the Lagos based academy.
Reverend Ajayi who had earlier hosted the team after their success in Manchester praised the academy for representing Nigeria very well in the United Kingdom and also rewarded the team for winning the English International Super Cup.
“Football is a very good platform to empower young people and keep them away from crimes. We will continue to support you and make sure we bring more youth out to showcase their talents. On behalf of the church, I thanked you for this honour and I implore other well meaning individuals to help the academy that is progressing and helping the less privileged,” she said.
Following their remarkable feat of winning the English International Super Cup, three of the Academy players were admitted on trials at Fulham Football Club.
The players; Noah Salaudeen, Azeez Oseni and Abubakar Abdulsalam were lucky to earn a chance to impress coaches of the English championship side and the trio wowed handlers at the Fulham Football Club training round over the weekend.
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