Former Captain of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo is excited by the endorsement given to his pet project, The Joseph Yobo Sports Academy by the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Last Wednesday, the former Everton FC defender was guest of the Governor at his Alausa office in Ikeja where they discussed youth and sports development in the state and Nigeria.
According to Yobo, Ambode welcomed the idea of the academy and endorsed the project, which the governor described as a meaningful venture that the state is proud to be associated with.
“Governor Ambode has shown commitment to empowering the citizens of Lagos and recognises the role of sports beyond its significant ability to boost the economy, but the ability to harness the potential and overall development of the youths,” stressed Yobo.Yobo, who led Nigeria to the gold medal at the AFCON 2013 in South Africa before calling it quit with international duty, said his academy was modeled on the belief that football and academic pursuits are supposed to go hand-in-hand.”
“My academy model is based on the belief that sports excellence and academic pursuit are not mutually exclusive.”I welcome his support for my project and the people of Lagos and Nigerians who would be beneficiaries of it,” the Ogoni-born star added.
Yobo hopes the academy will also help discover talents for the national teams when fully functional.“The sports and educational academy will discover new talents for the country. In addition, it will help the country to have educated sportsmen.
“In addition, it will provide kids the opportunity to explore different sports discipline with quality professional instruction,” he said.The academy to be situated in Lagos is expected to take off this year, but would be fully operational in 2019, he revealed.