Mr. Olusegun Musa, a former gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos State and a philanthropist, has revealed his plans to sponsor school football tournaments and establish a professional football club in Lagos.
Musa, a security expert and transportation investor, provided insights during an exclusive interview on the sidelines of his appointment as the Patron of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC).
Musa, who expressed his commitment to grassroots football development, was honored as the Patron of NFSC by its President, Sam Ikpea, in a ceremony held in Lagos.
However, Musa mentioned that part of his Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and his conglomerate of companies would be to revive school football competitions in Lagos State.
"I have two areas in which I want to contribute to football development in Lagos and Nigeria. Firstly, boosting grassroots development in primary and secondary schools in Lagos State.
"I want to encourage youngsters interested in football to nurture their ambitions right from primary and secondary schools.
"I noticed that most school sports programs, especially football, that we grew up knowing, are no longer in existence. We want to revive them to provide necessary opportunities for the kids.
"We aim to reintroduce tournaments for primary and secondary schools that will help discover talents and facilitate their growth," he said.
Musa further explained that he aims to emulate some Nigerian businessmen who own football clubs to change the narrative in Nigerian football.
"The second phase of my involvement in football is to own a private professional football club playing in the Nigerian league.
"The football club will represent the company, akin to Abiola Babes and Leventis United FC of the past, and there are advanced preparations towards achieving this.
"I have contacted the necessary stakeholders on this journey, and soon the club will be launched," he said.
Regarding the Super Eagles' preparations for the 34th African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote D'Ivoire, Musa emphasized that the team needs more support for success in the biennial tournament.
"I never doubt the performance of the Super Eagles, but they need more support from us and the government.
"The Super Eagles perform well when well motivated, but without proper treatment, things won't go their way.
"I am confident that the present Minister of Sports will provide the necessary support to help the team perform well.
"We, as Nigerians, will continue supporting them in any way possible to ensure they return home with the trophy," he said.