Young football players in the country have been challenged to be disciplined, dedicated and loyal if they hope to excel in the sport.
Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Lagos State Governor on Sports, Adeboye Anthony gave the charge at the end of the year party held on Wednesday for players and officials of Young Strikers FC of Lagos.
Adeboye, who is also a board member of the grassroots club side, acknowledged the abundant talent in the players and commended them for their outstanding performance in 2016, just as he expressed delight, working with the youths of the state.
The soft spoken sports administrator believes that the youths are the future of the nation and there is the need to mould and empower them to be good citizens of the country.
"I really appreciate working with the youths. What we've seen today shows the calibre of players in this country, it shows the talent we have in the state. What we're doing today is to encourage the players. We want them to showcase their talents, what they have in stock, what they have for the state and what they have for the country.
"You can see that most of them are graduates- we've lawyers among them, we've engineers, we've doctor, even among the players. They've chosen football that's very important, it shows the love, the passion they've for the game.
"We thank God, the Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode has really helped a lot when talking about sports in the state and he's really encouraged the younger ones to continue to keep their best for the state and country as a whole.
"My direct message to the players is, they've to be dedicated, they've to be sincere, they've to be loyal and they've to be punctual in whatever they are doing in life. It's shown they've really done all these and I'm happy to associate myself with all these young boys," he said.
Also speaking at the event, chairman of the club, Adedapo Olumide-Kujore Olowu, noted that a lot of the kids in his team have the prospect of becoming big time professionals.