One of the sons of veteran sports journalist, editor, broadcaster and youth developer, Sam O’Femi Fasetire has taken his first steps towards a future career in football.
This is sequel to a move by the renowned writer, who is fondly called ‘Eagle Eye’ and ‘The Speed Tongue,’ to register the youngster, David Kwame Fasetire, with Super Accurate Football Academy of Ikotun, Lagos.
It was gathered that David Fasetire, aka Ronaldo, who has a Ghanaian mother and will clock 10 years on March 2nd, joined the academy a week ago, but is already creating waves among his colleagues.
The primary four pupil at Greg Dyke Private School, Governor Road, Ikotun joined the academy alongside his ‘godbrother,’ Adeola Afolayan, who is in SS2 at the same institution.
They were both part of the intermediate and junior squads of the academy that stormed Iyana Ejigbo Mini Stadium on Saturday for a gala match and helped their squad to a 2-1 victory.
Coach of Super Accurate Football Academy, Idris Adewale Oseni said he was happy to have the youngsters in his squad, but stressed that he would have to watch them settle down in his squad before passing a verdict of their potentials.
Nonetheless, many followers of Nigeria’s grassroots football scene and youth sectors have enthused that Femi Fasetire is now bringing home to his family what he has done for several talented outsiders.
It is on record that Fasetire produced seven youngsters who went on to play for the Super Eagles, three for the Golden Eaglets, and over 100 others now based abroad.
Among his direct products from National Gassroots Dream Team who played for the Nigerian senior team were Stephen Ayodele Makinwa, Ifeanyi Emeghara, Femi Ajilore, and Nnamdi Oduamadi.
Three other former Super Eagles stars, Sunday Stephen, Kevin Onyekachi Amuneke and Kazeem Ayila also played under him for a while, as did former Golden Eaglets invitees Philip Chidi Onyemah, Charlibe Okolie and Seyi Adeleke, as well as ex-Juventus of Italy prospect, Benjamin Chukwuka Onwuachi and Greece-based Ezekiel Henty.
Fasetire retorted when contacted to speak on the developement, “I pray that God will make it possible for my biological son to fulfill his potential.
“He is always talking about his exploits while playing on the street, and Adeola has been a huge guide for him. They are both fans of Manchester City.
“I soon started hearing people hailing them in the neighbourhood, and I felt the urge to support their talents. That’s why I decided to register them both formally with the academy.
“It’s not easy, considering that I’m currently not financially stable. I had to pay N30,000 for registration and buy new kit for them each; then start giving them transport fare to attend training three times a week.
“However, I believe God will help me succeed with my own blood, the same way He assisted me with other people’s children. Amen.”