Oki explains decision to vie for Lagos FA leadership
One of the contenders for Lagos State Football Association’s top job, Fouad Oki, says he is in the race to serve, rekindle the football culture synonymous with the state and rebuild trust among stakeholders.
Emphasising his commitment to effective football administration, as the cornerstone, as well as his belief that youth engagement, talent discovery and development of a new generation of players are essential elements to sustainable and attainable growth, Oki said: “My passion for football extends to all levels, and I believe that if we want to drive football administration profile in Lagos, we must revive some of the major tournaments that have produced stars for the State.
“My objective is to rekindle the passion for a greater Lagos through soccer. The FA under my leadership will take football to the various wards, councils/LCDAs and schools across the State.”
He underscored the critical roles coaches play, as well as his commitment to capacity building and positioning them as an important stakeholders in influencing youth involvement and engagement in football in Lagos’ diverse communities.
Oki said developing a progressive and enabling environment that supports club owners’ investments, is one of his main goals.
A scion of Lagos’ royal Abibu-Oki dynasty and an advocate of grassroots sports, he assured stakeholders of his commitment to resurrecting dormant tournaments and brands, such as the Oba Cup, Ibile Cup, Junior League, and Street Soccer.
According to Oki, under his watch, there would be robust engagements with the corporate sector to strengthen the fortunes of football through clear strategies and value propositions, just as he affirmed his commitment to assisting coaches and officials to develop new skill sets and capacity for the benefit of the football ecosystem through new courses and training.