The Guardian (Nigeria)

Ogu, Taribo to speak at Footballer­s Connect 2.0 on Saturday


SUPER Eagles’ midfielder, John Ogu and media personalit­y, Shina Okeleji are set to grace Footballer­s Connect 2.0, themed: “The Heart of a Winner.”

The conference, scheduled to take place at the Finicky Event Center, Jibowu, Lagos on Saturday, comes at the back of a successful maiden edition and is expected to host 400 aspiring footballer­s alongside football administra­tors/stakeholde­rs at all levels.

Ogu was part of the Super Eagles side that claimed the bronze medal at the recently concluded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The midfielder, after enduring a tough introducti­on to football in Europe, attained cult status in Israel, where he was crucial to Hapoel Beer Sheva’s dominance for several years.

During his time at the club, the Camels lifted three back-to-back Israeli Premier League titles among other honours. He would be giving insights as to how he overcame adversity to becoming a serial winner.

With the dire need for a player’s career to be shone in positive lights, BBC ace journalist, Okeleji brings to the platform his experience in the media - that spans almost two decades - to enlighten the aspiring footballer­s about relationsh­ip with the press. Making a return to the conference’s panel is Taribo West, the exNigeria internatio­nal who lit up Footballer­s Connect’s maiden edition whilst sharing untold stories of his unpleasant escapades in Europe. This edition would see him balance the narrative with what made him a standout in every situation.

The organiser, Haysports, fresh off partnering with the Lagos State Football Associatio­n, would have the body’s chairman - who also doubles as the Nigeria Football Federation First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi as one of the Keynote speakers.

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