As the leader of the All Peoples Congress, APC, and the Asiwaju of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu,
clocks 64, the Lagos sports family has planned to honour him in a special way with a novelty football match.
The event scheduled for Sunday, March 27, at the Campos Mini Stadium on Lagos Island will feature a team of Nigerian ex internationals who will be up against a selection of the Executive Council and top functionaries of the Lagos State Government.
Among the stars to be on parade are Mutiu Adepoju, Gbenga Okunowo, Etim Esin,
Yisa Sofoluwe, Joseph Yobo, Henry Nwosu, Taribo West, Ifeanyi Udeze, Peter Rufai and Austin Okocha. They will be coordinated by Tajudeen Disu while Joe Erico, Tunde Disu and Joseph Dosu will form the coaching crew. Coaches Shuaibu Amodu and Austin Equavoen are also expected to be in the crew.
Chairman of the Organising Committee, Prince Ifalade Oyekan, also chairman of the Lagos a Divisional Football Association, in a press briefing held on Wednesday to unveil the programme said the event is “just the Lagos Sports Family’s small way of giving back to the man who has impacted so much on the life of Nigerians and on the youth.”
Also speaking at the occasion, Adeyinka Adeboye, Senior Special Assistant on Sports to the Lagos State Governor revealed that Chief Tinubu most popularly hailed as “The Jagaban” is a great lover of sports and strong supporter of Stationery Stores of Lagos and Manchester United of England.
“We are celebrating an icon, a political guru and the most celebrated politician in Africa. We are inviting our political friends and the entire sports family in Nigeria to join us in honoring the Jagaban Borgu. Jagaban should be celebrated not only in politics and the media but also through sports because he has imparted a lot on the youths,” Adeboye said.
On crowd control and security for the event, Adeboye assured that there will be free flow of traffic with no interruption on normal business.
“We are very much aware that the event will attract top politicians, community leaders and sports personalities but we are used to such big events with efficient crowd control. It is a celebration of excellence and service to humanity and we are very prepared to also deliver the event excellently.”