THE Chairman of Osun Football Association, Chief Rasak Mustapha, has stated that all the efforts of the association to have good relationship with Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s administration have proved abortive.
Mustapha also lamented that the Oyetola administration has not sponsored any football competition in the last three years.
He made the disclosure on Tuesday during a Stakeholders’ Forum of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun Chapter in Osogbo.
The FA chairman stressed that the state government has stopped the funding of football in the last three years, noting that they have been struggling financially.
He said: “The state has stopped giving us money for the running of football since I came on board. It has been our struggle to raise money. There was no record of any sponsorship since I came on board which is another challenge we face.
“We organized u-15 Taiwo Ogunjobi Western Nigeria league. It was Barr. Seyi Akinwumi and others who assisted us to host the competition. All that Osun FA board has done is by our own ideas.
“We continue to have problems in Osun football because we have wrong peg in right holes. Any government that underrates sports is doing that at his own risk. And any government that jokes with football is moving towards failure.
“Osun FA has not been involved in the management and running of football. We met with the Commissioner for sports and he didn’t attend to us. All our efforts to have a good rapport with the present government hit the Rock
“We should all pray to have a government that will love sports in Osun. Football is money and a serious business.”