Asawa Aug 23,2022
Oduduwa football is for all Yoruba people both home and abroad.
Young and vibrant Prince Kolawole Oripinye is a genius when it comes to the round leather game. Apart from being a footballer, he is a coach, and also manages soccer team. He spoke about his online football platform which was setup to showcase Oduduwa football leagues, teams, players, among others across Oduduwaland.
Can we meet you?
I am Prince Kolawole Oripinye.
What is O.F.A?
O.F.A means Oduduwa Football Association. Oduduwa Football Club is an online platform setup to showcase football leagues across Oduduwaland, teams, players, scores of matches & videos in Oduduwaland. This will enable foreign football clubs & scouting agents to have the opportunity of monitoring and buying players from Oduduwaland.
What is your position in the association?
I am the Association Manager and Director.
What is the vision of the association?
Our vision is to help youths in developing their sporting talents and make them a better person in our society. Engaging youths from the streets in sporting activities will reduce hooliganism in our society. Also, to bring unity between old and young ones in our community.
How long have you been in the sporting business?
I have been in the sporting business for over one and half decades.
Tell us about Oduduwa Football Association?
Oduduwa Football Association is an online platform setup to showcase football leagues across Oduduwaland, teams, players, scores of matches and videos in Oduduwaland. This will enable foreign football clubs & scouting agents to have the opportunity of monitoring and buying players from Oduduwaland. Note that before you can buy any player – it must be approved by Oduduwa Football Association (OFA). Oduduwa Football Club’s website is positioned to become the information hub of all grassroots football competitions, matches, players, coaches, and teams within Oduduwaland. We shall also be managing football competitions and friendly matches, and live scores. Registration of clubs and players are opened to every football clubs and academy within the 8 states of Oduduwaland.
We organized the first edition of our tournament on April 19th to 23rd 2022, where we brought both male and female players together in six Yoruba states namely: Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, and Ekiti. We are also planning to add Kwara and Kogi states in the second edition.
We see you have done lots, but tell us are you the only one organising this programme?
No sir, let me just say this here, I am the visioner of Oduduwa Football Association and Oduduwa Football Tournament is my intellectual property. But due to the fact that the vision is very gigantic, this prompted the need for me to bring in some good fellows who are professionals in their various fields of work to support me on this record breaking project.
Also note that,
ODUDUWA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, ODUDUWA FOOTBALL ACADEMY, ODUDUWA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENENT
are my initiatives and my intellectual properties. But I have wonderful and understanding partners who saw the future of what I brought to them, they keyed into the vision and give their their full supports.
If we may ask, who are they and their portfolios?
Otunba Olayemi Ajose- Patron
Mr. Lameed Yagboyaju – Media & Technical Director,
Mr. Ayobami Oyedele – Secretary
Yeye Simisade Kuku Onayemi- Matron,
Miss Titi Aboyade Cole – Media & Publicity Director
Mrs. Titi Omotosho– Financial Secretary & Auditor,
I also invited some coaches which graced the occasion of our maiden edition, they include:
Mr. Oluwadamilare (DSO of Ijebu ode stadium)
What are the future programmes of the organisation?
We have a tournament coming up later this year, which is titled: Yoruba Football Tournament 2022. The details of the tournament will be unveiled soon. Other programmes of ours will be revealed soon.
Where do you see Oduduwa Football Association in 10 years?
Firstly, I will say ODUDUWA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION is for all the Yoruba people both home and abroad. I believe that someday, sometime or somehow, some people will come in and take the project up. I’m just the founder and I’m looking forward to a greater tomorrow.
More opportunities for the youths, spirit of development, promotion, spirit of togetherness, spirit of unity, spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship and also bring them close to education which is 100% important.