Stalwarts (New part 4 class) team of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) medical students’ association defeated Excelsiors (Old part 4 class) to win the 35th annual Wale Okediran football competition decided at the Obafemi Awolowo University sports complex.
It was an atmosphere filled with joy as students and top members of the university community trooped out en masse to watch the match.
In his remarks, sponsor of the tournament, Dr Wale Okediran, expressed joy at the turnout of students at the event, as he traced the genesis of the competition.
“In 1977, just three years to the end of my medical training, I was among the six University sportsmen who were awarded the first ever University scholarship for sports. This spectacular development made me realise that there could be many medical students who could also excel in sports if given the right incentive.
“Hitherto, it was obvious that medical students were too confined to their academic works with little or no time at all for social interaction.
“That was the major reason for my decision in 1980 which was my final year in the medical school to institute the Wale Okediran annual football competition for medical students of the University.”
“I want to thank the medical students and all those who supported them in making this year’s edition another huge success.
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“I strongly believe that if we parents, guardians, political and community leaders could invest in positively empowering our youths in whatever area we can, most of the problems of cultism, hooliganism among others will be a thing of the past,” he said.
Meanwhile, vice-chancellor of the institution, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, described Dr Okediran as a great alumnus of the university who has been consistent in organising the football competition in the last 35 years.
“The competition is a unifying factor for students of the college of health sciences; if we have more of such in our universities, the country will be a better place,” Eyitope said.