Under-16 football tourney: Foreign, local athletes, lament  slow pace of work on Olorunsogo-Akanran road

Members of the sporting community within and outside Nigeria have lamented the slow pace of the ongoing dualisation of Olorunsogo-Akanran road.

The sporting community who were in Ibadan for the Ilaji Under-16 National Football Tournament put together by the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) and sponsored by the Ilaji Hotels and sports resort lamented the slow pace of the dualised road

It was learnt that participants in the tournament sponsored by Ibadan-born sports enthusiast, business mongul and owner of Ilaji Hotel and Sports Resort, Engr Dotun Sanusi faced harrowing experience connecting Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort from the Olorunsogo end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

A foreign coach who was at the venue to scout for talented footballers, Benson Carlton praised organisers of the tournament but lamented the experience he and his team faced while connecting the widely-acclaimed best sporting resort in Nigeria.

Coach Carlton who graced the grand finale of the under 16 tournament stressed that the road from the expressway though under construction, ought to have been in place long before now.

“We have seen great soccer artistry and talents are indeed abound in Nigeria. The owner of this resort, Engr Dotun Sanusi has done a great job for Nigeria, reputed as the most populous black nation of the world Both the Federal and State Governments need to site more institutions around here for the people to utilize this multibillion Naira facility”, he said.

“I was told the State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde awarded the road and planned extension of same carriage way to this resort. That’s commendable but the contractor should fastrack the road for ease of movement of tourists like me and others who would always come visiting to have a feel of this gangatuan sports complex”.

Speaking, a Nigerian Coach, Moses Adamu, appreciated the competing States and the youths that participated for their spirit of sportsmanship in virtually all the competitions, saying Nigerian young lads have come of age.

Coach Adamu tasked the federal government through the Minister of Sports to ensure regular patronage of Ilaji Hotel and Sports Resort for the investment by this great Nigerian, Chief Dotun Sanusi to be utilized for the promotion and development of our grassroots sports.

A community leader in Ona Ara, Chief Abolade Ogunsina,  lauded Gov Makinde  for taking action to reconstruct, dualise and expand the length of the road to  Ilaji Hotel and Sports Resort.

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