Ajegunle, Home Of Football

By Desmond Ekwueme

Posted  40 Views updated 20 days ago

•Who is omitted on this list?

•Is AJ City still producing the stars?

•Why convert famous football grounds to markets, hotels and worship centres?

Henry Nwosu

Tarila Okoronwanta

Samson Siasia

Deipriye Yebowei

Sam Nwobum

Monday Odiaka

Christopher Anigala

Alphonsus Akahon

Jonathan Akpoborie

Awala Jombo

Binebi Numa

Tony Donwa

Lucky Osuwere

Ebenezer Ogboso

Paul Imomo

Okere Mucheche

Segun Philips

Chuks Nwoko

Ini Etim Akpan

Sunday Ashaka

Timiye James

Samson Ajighevi

Benson Ajighevi

Peter Neketein

Emmanuel Amunike

Patrick Udoh

Joseph Akwa

Benjamin James

Godwin Eke

Gabriel Okolosi

Cyracus Nduku

Mike Onyemachara

Chuka Ngenge

Albert Ekeh

Christopher Zibor

Christopher Edem

Taiwo Enegwa

Collins Ebitimi

Ifeanyi Udeze

Benard Okoronwanta

Alfred Omoefe

Muisi Ajao

Jamiu Ajao

Fela Tom-Dollar

Chukwunyere Chukwukere

Jude Odion Ighalo

Segun Ekure

Timi Okponya

Ikpe Ekong

Precious Emejuraye

James Enuagwuna

Moses Aduku

Godfrey Nwankpa

Henry Onwuzuruike

Brown Ideye

Adebowale Ogungbure

Boboleyefa Edon

Tonwonrimi Duere

James Terna

Victor Skinn

Peter Ijeh

Ambrose Duru

Chiedu Chukwueke

Monday James

Peter Okoh

Bassey Mbong

Junior Lokosa

The last of the stars from Ajegunle are the duo of Jude Odion Ighalo and Junior Lokosa. We are yet to see another star from AJ City rise and shine to Stardom.

Why the scarcity or shortage of football stars in Ajegunle? Are the talents drying off or fading away? Are Ajegunle youths abandoning football for other paying ventures? What profession could be better paying than football?

Is it that the footballers from Ajegunle are not being motivated? Or the ones who have made great fortunes from the game are not encouraging today's footballers by giving back to the society?

Is the Mock Nations Cup still on? Are the football grounds like Naval Ground in Boundary, Maracana in Tolu and Tego in Marine Beach among others still organising grassroots competitions that churn out talents? Are corporate organizations being invited to sponsor these competitions?

Are the corporate organizations taking advantage of the huge talents in Ajegunle to promote and or sell their products or services? What are Ajeromi and Ifelodun LGAs doing in the area of sports development? What are the roles of the ex-internationals who made Ajegunle proud? Are those of them alive being honoured and recognised by the local authorities?

Too many questions begging for answers. AJ, I hail.....God bless Ajegunle and her products!!!

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