PHOTOS: Ilaji Agog As Nigerian Youths Battle for Int’l Recognition


Nigerian Youths are currently battling for international recognition at the Ilaji Under Sixteen National Football Tournament put together by the Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria (YSFON) sponsored by the Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort in Oyo state.

The day one of the event was full of emotions ith about 16 teams across Nigeria in attendance.

Immediately after the screening session, action commenced and the opening ceremony witnessed the presence of the Ilaji management team led by the Chief Operating Officer, Prince Adesina Araoye who was accompanied by a team of football scouts from Malta.

YSFON whose technical ability was not in doubt, brought the expected finesse as fans had a fill day.The opening ceremony saw the home side, the Ilaji Under Sixteen boys team confronting their Ondo counterparts.The tension soaked encounter Iater turned one-sided as the Ilaji team thrashed Ondo U-16 team 7-0.

The scouts led by Dr. Justin Fenech – President, Sweiqi United FC, Malta could not hide his excitement as his colleagues gave kudos to the boys from both sides whose individual talents was amazing.

The National Secretary of YSFON, Olorogun Patrick Okpavhuere and Technical Director, Abdulgafar Agboola have assured the fans that the days ahead will witness more intriguing action as all players are on their toes waiting to be counted amongst the future stars.

The day two of the tournament promises to be more exciting as fans of various teams do not want to be left behind

On Wednesday, Sanusi Boys will tackle Ekiti at 9.00am, while Lagos U-16 team will confront their Oyo Counterparts at 10.00am and Osun to face Kebbi at 11.00am

Katsina will round off the day’s proceedings with Ondo at 2.00 pm. Being a round robin game the group winners will qualify for the quarter finals as the drum beat gets louder


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