The third edition of Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi Football Championship, is scheduled to kick-off tomorrow Sunday July 22, at the Oshogbo Township Stadium.
Sixty-two (62) grassroots teams in the State of Osun, registered for the tourney with the final scheduled for August 21, to celebrate the former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation, date-of-birth.
Thirty-six (36) teams registered for the U-18 tourney which will be decided on knock out format, while sixteen (16) teams obtained forms for the U-15 and have been group into four to be played on league format, with ten (10) teams registering for the U-13 category.
The age grade tournament is sponsored by the Pillar of Sports in the State of Osun and organized by State of Osun Football Association to boost discovery of exceptional talents abounding at the grassroots, catching them young in a bid to provide a well defined future for the players.
Rotimi, Ogunjobi’s son, a Law student of Afe Babalola University will do the official kick off for the U-13 and U-15 tourney, in company of Chief Ogunjobi, who will perform the U-18 kick off.
Ogunjobi, who’s the Special Assistant to the State of Osun Governor on Football Matters and Chairman Osun Football Association, emphasised the need to return to the grassroots to scout for talented football players, saying some of the country’s soccer heroes were discovered at the grassroots.
Zakariyau FC, Ikirun will lock horns with Young Makanaki FC, Ilesha by 11.am in the opening game of the U-13, while Golden Boys of Oshogbo will battle Awolu FC of Ifon Osun by 12.noon for the U-15 opening match.
In the other fixtures of Matchday One of the U-18, Paragon FC of Ilesha and Success FC, Ilesha will renew their rivalry when they draw swords by 2.pm, as Fehinty FC of Ido Osun, will be having their hands full as they will tango Sharp Strikers FC of Oshogbo by 4.pm.