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At Oduduwa School novelty match, old students task government on care for athletes

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The sixth reunion novelty match between the Old Students Association of Oduduwa Secondary School, Matori, Mushin, Lagos and teachers ended in a stalemate after both teams scored a goal apiece.

Tope Adebayo had scored for the Old Students in the first half of the game before F.O. Afolabi equalised for the teachers through a free kick in the 85th minute.

Speaking with The Guardian, the President of the association, Peter Àkhere Esene, faulted the slow pace of the Federal Government in sports development, adding that it lacked programmes to show commitment to the well being of the athletes representing the country at different levels.

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“Government has not got it right in sports. Most times we have events at the national or international level, and the country’s representatives are the ones sponsoring themselves. That is why there is no commitment in whatever they do, I wish the government could do better,” he said.

On the reunion, Esene said, “I graduated from the school in 1992 and I think it’s better to always come together as old folks. This is a reunion of all the old students of the school coming together. Even the 2015 set is fully represented in this match.

“As part of the activities, which is our sixth reunion, we decided to make it a big one. We are also going to the Red Cross Motherless Babies Home in Yaba to donate some items.

“We believe in the power of sports, we believe it is good for the body, we see it as part of the activities to energise ourselves. We are not going to stop now as we will gather again in December 2019,” he said.

The Sports Officer of the school, Ayanleye Adeyemi Wale, said: “This event brings good relationship between the teachers and the old students and also an avenue to seek a way forward for the school. The event is also to keep us fit; many of us are above age 40 as this will help the kinetic energy of the body to work effectively.”


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