The governor, amidst applause, also declared that his administration will soon build a world class football academy to train, grow and expose youths in Ondo State to the international clubs, stating that sport is a goldmine that his administration and Governors in Western Nigeria plan to use to wage war against the surge of youth unemployment currently ravaging
Represented by the state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Barr. Dotun Owanikin, Akeredolu said “the National Sports Festival which is our home-grown Olympics tagged EDO 2020. It is therefore probable to conclude that if one of the objectives of the exhibition game is to feature many of the players who would form the bulk of the team to represent Nigeria in international football games, we have to applaud your organizations for thus significant contributions to sports development in this country.
“People focus more on football round-leather game in Nigeria but we want to offer Nigerians and investors to a new dimension. Flagship football is an alternative to Round-leather Football and Rugby. It is very exciting. It is the most lucrative game in United States of America after Basket Ball. It is also good for health.
The Exhibition game was played between Lagos Marine Islanders and Lagos Marine Mainlanders. The Mainlanders scored 28 points while the Islanders scored 6 points.