Nigeria football legends, Segun Odegbami and Mutiu Adepoju have tipped a bright future for Lanreleke Sports Academy in Ileogbo, Osun State.
The a co-educational, fully residential and specialist Senior Secondary School was founded founded in 2021.
Its second edition screening exercise to admit students into academy, kicked off on Wednesday, with students from Osun, Oyo, Lagos, Edo, and Delta State taking part in it.
Mutiu Adepoju while giving his general assessment on the project said: “It’s fantastic; overwhelmed with what I have seen here, from the structure, facilities and environment, it is top notch. I have to thank Engineer Lanre Adeleke for what he’s doing to humanity with this project.
“This is a laudable one and I think we should be grateful for having this kind of edifice here in Osun State.
The ‘Head Master’ who had a session with the students, said further: “Am quite satisfied as we have seen different set of talents as more than 200 students enrolled for the programme.
” Sadly, we can’t pick all of them but we will do our part by picking the best. 41 students will be picked for the different sports.
“The future is bright for Lanreleke Sports Academy (LSA), as am yet to see one sports academy in Nigeria that has the kind of facilities they have.
“For it’s students, they should work hard as the sky is their limit. They have the best platform to excel while combining academics and sports together.”
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Segun ‘Mathematical’ Odegbami who also was at the screening held at Lanreleke Sports Stadium, Ileogbo, said.
“It’s a world of a difference here as the structures and facilities are well established, as it’s one of the best sports academy in the country. Once the vision and mission remains the same, I foresee a bright future for the academy.
“The turnover has been massive as over a 100 have come on their own to join those we have invited from the five states, just to tryout by showcasing their talents.
” This is a reflection of the results been achieved by the academy.
“Yes we can unearth the next football or sports star from the academy, once the right strategy and coaching are been used.”
The Osun Youth and Sports representative, Special Assistant (OYES) to Osun State Governor, Adeola Olayiwola couldn’t hide his delight too, as he did say, “The academy is a site to behold, delighted at the level of progress and the number of talents that have enrolled for the screening programme with a view of, gaining admission into the sports academy.”
It’s pioneer set of students, made up of 40, (30 boys, 10 girls), all enjoyed a full scholarship, as academic work began in October 2021.
The students aged 14-years, have the minimum educational qualification of the Junior Secondary School Certificate(Junior WAEC) or have obtained their first and second term JSS 3 results, alongside possessing special abilities to do sports, excelling in at least one of football, basketball, athletics and tennis.