Ysfon At 56: The Celebration Continues

April 07 06:04 2021

By Paul Akhagbemhe

Nigeria’s Oldest Youth Sports Organising Body, the Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria YSFON is 56 years old and both local and the international Communities are pouring encomiums and celebrating the ‘Old Lady’ that has endured and survived turbulent times ,The ‘lady’ that has given birth to superstars,the ‘lady’ that brought affection and Pride to our dear county Nigeria

Established on the 6th of April 1965, YSFON was the brain child of the then astute Journalist and workaholic sports enthusiast Late Tony Ossai Eke with the backing of the defunct National Sports Commission NSC and the Recognition of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development,YSFON changed the face of Grassroots sports and Youths development in Nigerian.When most Nigerian Youths were naive, lacking in direction and hope YSFON brought reprieve to their lives creating unimaginable opportunities through sports for the future greats to tell their stories

With infectious enthusiasm YSFON expanded to the nooks and crannies of the country with branches in 36 states and FCT Organising Football, Athletics, Volleyball Hockey, Handball Swimming among others

In the course of it’s growth some kind- hearted individuals got attracted and contributed to YSFON’S Progress financially.Great minds like late Isreal Adebajo, Alhaji Dr Garba N Hamza, Late Chief MKO Abiola Late General Murtala Muhammed, Bolaji Oni Chief.Mrs Bola Kuforiji Olubi, Major General Joe Garba, Ibikunle Armstrong to mention but a few

The Organisation gained stronger footings under the leadership of Late President Dokun Abidoye and late Alhaji Tunde Ojulari and now the amiable and dedicated Deputy Governor of Kano State Dr Nasiru Gawuna

YSFON made its mark early in life and as far back in 1980, it assembled little known youths to become the first African team to win the Scandinavian youth soccer competition popularly known as Gothia Cup in Sweden,The Brazilian Cup of State in 1982 and 1986, Dallas Cup in 1982, the Mexican cup in 1983 and so much more

In the course of these exploits YSFON produced superstars that gave Nigeria a beautiful and enduring image, winning laurels both locally and Internationally, the likes of Paul Okoku Tarila Okorowanta, Nduka Ugbade Christopher Anigala Mikel Obi, JJ Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Kelechi Iheanacho Victor Osimhen and many more

Today as the National President Dr Nasiru Gawuna ,Secretary Olorogu Patrick Okpavuerhe and the National Executive Committee members are looking back with joy and Satisfaction, the world at large appreciates the founding fathers of this Noble Organisation whose ideas, Initiatives and love for fatherland have taken us to greater heights.We pray God to spare the lives of everyone behind the struggle to enable Nigerians get to the El dorado of our time

While clicking glasses for the journey so far The President Dr Nasiru Gawuna cautioned that greater task Still lies ahead .He appealed to Nigerian leaders not to allow YSFON die, that they should work closely to revive the hope of Nigerian Youths by supporting the dream so that our country will rise again and dominate the entire world

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