The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has inaugurated the Ojaja II Football Academy, in Ile Ife, Osun.

The Ooni said the academy would boost Nigeria’s fortune in football and create career opportunities for younger generation of lovers of the game.

He unveiled the academy at Oduduwa College playing ground, during the final match of the maiden edition of Ojaja II football competition, on Wednesday, in Ile-Ife.

Ooni commended the organisers of the tournament for the initiative, adding that football had the capacity to unite the entire nation.

The royal father also lauded the peace loving people of Ile Ife for their large turnout and calm conduct throughout the competition.

He revealed that the competition would be extended to other all states across the South/West geopolitical zone, and Nigeria at large.

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To the admiration of thousands of football fans present, Ooni kicked the ball which commenced the final match of the tournament.

Th final leg was between Oduduwa College, Ile Ife and Olode High School, Garage-Olode, Ife South Local Government area of the state.

Oduduwa College emerged victorious with goals from Oni Timileyin and Adebiyi Femi.

In the third-place match played earlier in the day, Ife City College, Ile Ife defeated L.A Grammar School, Ipetumodu by 3:1.

In his remarks, the Project Director, Mr. Akinola Martins, expressed that grassroot football had come to stay in Nigeria, with Ooni’s keen interest in youth empowerment.

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