First Vice president of Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwumi (left), former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu and Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel when the midfielder visited the ex-governor to solicit support for project “Nigeria’s Next Football Superstar”
• Foundation holds football clinic in partnership with Kwesé
The Mikel Obi Foundation in partnership with multi-platform broadcast network, Kwesé, on Sunday held a football clinic for children in Lagos.
The clinic saw 150 boys and girls aged 3 – 15 years from the Little Tigers Football Club receive first-hand coaching on football basics in ball passing, receiving, trapping, dribbling and shooting.
The football clinic is a build-up to the launch of “Nigeria’s Next Football Superstar”, a Mikel Obi Foundation initiative aimed at giving back to the community.
Mikel Obi said the clinic: “is about giving back to the community, and to Nigeria. Home is where it all started for me. I will always want to give back to Nigeria, to my community.” He added that it was the right time as he now has the right support to make the initiative a success.
The Kwesé brand ambassador and Super Eagles captain, who was welcomed to the football pitch of the Children’s International School, Lekki with a roaring applause and cheers also had a question and answer session with the kids.
He answered an array of questions from his experience at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, his career and life at Chelsea, while also encouraging the children to take their education seriously despite their interest in football.
Mikel took his campaign to Bourdillon yesterday, where he seeks support from former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu for the ‘Next Nigerian Football Superstar project
He informed Tinubu that he believed the Next Nigerian Football Superstar project would help produce quality players for the country.
He said: “I came from the streets, playing street football and today I am so happy at the level I have reached. So I think the time is ripe for me to give back to the society that made me.
In reply, Tinubu told Mikel that he was excited to see how great he has grown in football and pledged to support the former Chelsea star’s project saying: “You are a very great citizen of our country and I am glad to see that you have achieved your potential.”