By Sedara Philip
Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Bamidele Ologunloluwa has commended the heroics of Sunshine Stars youngsters in the just concluded NPFL/LaLiga U-15 Promises held in Ikenne, Ogun State.
Ologunloluwa while receiving the team in Akure showered encomiums on the players and officials for blazing the trail to clinch the bronze medal at the competition.
“This is the reward of hardwork and dedication to duty. Our youngsters have never had it so good at this level and so we are proud of them. If Pele could start his professional career before age 16, then I see light at the end of the tunnel for them.”
The commissioner also expressed gratitude to Ondo State Governor for his support.
“I thank Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for creating an enabling environment for sports, especially football in Ondo State, part of the results we witnessed in the NPFL/LaLiga U15 tournament.”
Sunshine Stars coached by Sade Akinrolabu defeated highly fancied El Kanemi Warriors 1-0 in the Third Place match despite fluffing a penalty kick through Edward Miracle in the second half.
Precious Olaniyo’s 5th minute strike was his fourth of the tournament.
Ologunloluwa expressed an air of expectancy that some of the youngsters would soon graduate into the senior team.
“My expectation is that some of these rookies would in the near future be drafted into our team in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) just as it was done in the days of Ondo State Football Development Agency (OSFODEC).”
Remo Stars Beyond Limit won back-to-back title after defeating Plateau United 1-0 in the final.