Thursday 21 December 2023


The Stormers Sports Football Club of Abeokuta earlier this year decided to pick Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne as its home ground. This decision must have been as a result of uncertainty brewing around the worth of the pitch of MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta where the Stormers Sports Football Club hails. This was the much battle that sprang up in the last year's league season. With much care and persistent caution, little attention and a fair turn around,  the pitch became fine for games and most of the required league games are taking off on the field now.

There might be need for a complete turn-around of the field, i. e. more and comprehensive maintenance, adequate wetting with much supervision and persistent re-grassing of bald part of the field, removal of obstructive mole and ant hills where necessary and general roll over of the main pitch with heavy metal tyres to solidifying, regularising and compulsorily settling the many layers of the field at a balance plain that would remove undulating landscape within its perimeter.

It gladden mind that the palliative measure had gone a long way to secure the pitch for its primary role pending when the state will overhaul its entirety.

Having said that, I think it's a time for the Stormers Sports Football Club to take caution by reverting home after all, a  half bread, is always better than none at all. 

Agreeably, the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta still need some touches particularly, the pitch. It should also be noted that the state government

is not relenting in ensuring that the sports edifices in the state are uplifted to a high standard for the up coming 2024 National Sports Festival tagged: "2024 Gateway Games". Although, we are running out of time for the kick start of the preparation for the 2024 NSF game but, the state ladds and lasses' confidence remain unshaken, Good enough, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Vice Chairman Main Organising Committee (MOC) of the game - Chief Bukola Olopade (Former Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Ogun State) who is also the Chairman/CEO Nilayo Sports Management Nigeria Limited (NSMNL) and Chairman/President,  Stormers Sports Football Club is a competent hand as far as establishment of sports infrastructure, construction of sports edifice is concern in the state. Having administered one of the best sporting periods in the state, during the government of Otunba Gbenga Daniel. (Presently a Senator of the Federal Republic).

We have not lost any hope in him by all standards and competency. 

The Egba high Chief is a known name in Nigerian Sports arena and beyond our shores. His wealth of experience shall in no small measure place Ogun State on the pedestal of great sporting status.

Culled from these narrations, I strongly advise that since Football is a rivalry game and highly competetive using Remo Stars Stadium as Stomers Sports Football Club home ground will only compound and chatter the so much high expectation of both the team and that of the supporters in a bid for this year's promotion. It is important to recall that this same position that the Gateway United Football Club took last year did not yield any favourable outcome rather, it reverted the high etos of the team by struggling for survival in the Nigeria National League at the tale of the 2022 competition. 

There is need therefore, to remember that football as highly spiritual game, all the required conditions and the rules of football still influence the game. Some of which are:

1. Home ground turf 

2. Home base supporters

3. Communal influence and 

4. Other advantages

I strongly offer that the last home match of the team that ended awkwardly 5 - 0 was abnormal, unacceptable  and, must be curtailed immediately. Am sure, if coach Shakiru Lawal is interrogated, He must have been humiliated in many ways. Both the General Manager and the Team Manager of Stormers Sports Football Club need a role to play in order to forestall another occurrence of this. This is a call for home return.

A word,Written by Alh. Waheed Adeoye Lawal, President All Stars Football Club, Abeokuta.

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