Former Tremendous Eagles Captain, Nwankwo Kanu has canvassed for higher use of the newly-built Ilaji Stadium and Resort Centre, saying it has excessive commonplace amenities appropriate for prime sports activities actions and social occasions.
Talking throughout a five-day go to to the Ilaji Soccer Academy situated at Akanran, on the outskirts of Ibadan, Kanu praised the proprietor of the sports activities resort, Dotun Sanusi for contributing to the event of sports activities in Africa, particularly the grassroots soccer.
Kanu, nonetheless, expressed deep concern over attainable under-utilisation of the amenities and urged sports activities directors to begin staging state nationwide occasions on the much less improvement components of the nation.
He described Sanusi’s gesture as the suitable methods soccer abilities have been scouted in critical soccer enjoying nations in Europe and South America.
“The amenities I’ve witnessed right here since I arrived this resort speaks quantity of Chief Dotun Sanusi’s real love for sports activities improvement generally and soccer significantly.
“We have to pray to have extra of him who spends big assets with a view to serving to the uncooked abilities on this group,” he famous.
The previous Arsenal ahead was thrilled by the love for him expressed by Ibadan individuals throughout his keep within the historic city, saying it has confirmed the excessive pedigree of Ibadan within the soccer administration and administration in Nigeria.
“Ibadan is a really huge metropolis and I need to confess that the individuals right here have been very form and heat. I can see that the individuals listed below are so obsessed with soccer, there is no such thing as a method you’ll be able to speak about soccer in Nigeria with out mentioning Ibadan,” he famous.
Earlier, Dotun Sanusi had counseled the humility and real ardour for uncooked abilities displayed by Kanu Nwankwo since he has lodged within the Resort.
“Now, I noticed first hand why Nwankwo Kanu achieved a lot in his soccer profession. In him, I noticed a star that’s prepared to encourage and nurture different stars like him for the nation. We’re very proud to have him in our midst.
“And as he promised, we will be glad to have him once more to mentor and tutor our academy lads on how you can develop into profitable skilled footballers like him,” stated Sanusi.