As part of the giant steps taken by Osun State Football Association in resuscitating football in the state, the apex body of football administration in the state has secured a sponsorship deal with an investment company.
SmartCity PLC, an investment and infrastructure development company and Osun Football Association Saturday, February 3, announced that the tech-focused company will become the Lead Partner of Osun States Apex Tournament and the league shall be known as SmartCity Osun State Football League.
SmartCity Osun State Football League promises to deliver huge followership across the state and massive viewership across the planet via social media and web platforms.
The FA broadcast partner, Blackdrum TV will ensure live coverage of major matches both on the Web and cable television networks.
The Osun FAs data Partner, Ixzdore will ensure that the League maintains players’, clubs’, and matches’ historical and live data. From the data, we will generate statistics and analytics useful for player and club ratings that will help in player transfers and facilitate proper trickle-down of transfer payments. The raw and analytical data will also be available for clubs, analysts, broadcasters, and betting companies.
32 grassroots football clubs have registered for the Under 17 League and have been divided into four conferences. Two teams will emerge from each of the conferences and proceed to Super 8, where the eventual winners will emerge.
Over 700 young players will participate in the league, featuring 12 weekly matches across 15 football grounds approved for the league matches. Sir Demola Aladekomo, Chairman of SmartCity plc said: Football is a truly global sport, a unifying factor in many communities and nations across the world.
The spirit of competition, fair play, and sparking the passions of a global audience, are all values we share at SmartCity. That is why we are proud to be the first title sponsor of the tournament and we look forward to a long-term partnership to support and connect fans to their teams across Osun State and beyond.
Sola Fanawopo, Chairman of Osun FA said: SmartCity’s commitment to our league is evident, and securing such an iconic and forward-thinking lead partner for our League is great news for us, the fans, and for the whole state. The partnership will help us inspire interest in football from the private sector and allow us to continue our investment in the game at all levels.
The SmartCity Osun Football League will kick off on 13th February at the Osogbo Township Stadium.
ABOUT OSUN STATE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Established in 1992, we are the guardian of the world’s most popular game in Osun State. We are responsible for efficiently governing and developing the local game and strive to positively influence participation for all in football regardless of age, ability, gender, tribe, religion, and socio-economic status.
SmartCity PLC is an investment and infrastructure development company dedicated to creating modern real estate and infrastructural projects that enable people to Work, Live, and Play in a technologically enabled environment, fostering pleasant and productive living