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Nigeria: Afcon 2013 Victory - Mimiko Honours Oboabona With Cash, House

Impressed by the outstanding performance of Super Eagles defender, Godfrey Oboabona at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations won by Nigeria, Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has announced a gift of N1million and a bungalow for the player.

Oboabona is the captain of the Ondo State government sponsored Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure.

Mimiko announced the gift at a dinner organised by the state in honour of Oboabona at the Government House in Akure, on Wednesday night.

Oboabona born by parents, who are indigenes of Edo State but living in Ondo State in the last three decades, was a member of the state football academy known as Ondo State Football Development Agency (OSFODA) before he joined the state's Rising Stars and later the Sunshine Stars Football Club.

Mimiko, who said he was grateful to God that Godfrey's parents are alive to witness the success story of their son, advised Oboabona not to allow the AFCON victory gets into his head.

He tasked Oboabona to embrace humility, fear of God and hard-work, which according to him are the recipe for success.

The governor re-iterated the commitment of his administration to invest in sports development and make Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure the best in Africa.

Oboabona in his remarks, thanked the Ondo State Government for the kind gesture, and promised to be a good ambassador at all times.

Meanwhile, the immediate past Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development in Ondo State, Alhaji Yekini Olanipekun, has expressed sincere gratitude to all stakeholders for the role they collectively played in taking sports to the next level in the state.

Olanipekun in a statement said it was important for him to thank all stakeholders including sports journalists, referees, coaches, the State Football Association, the Sports Council, management of the State Football Agency, youths and other persons and unions for joining hands with the state government to move sports forward.

The statement noted that without the support and cooperation of these stakeholders, the Olympian heights attained in the sports sector of Dr Mimiko's first term would have been a mirage.

"I sincerely want to thank everybody connected with sports and youth development in Ondo State for the yeoman's role they all played in advancing sporting matters in the state.

"From the State FA to different associations like coaches, referees, sports journalists, Sports Council and every other persons and groups who cooperated with me as Commissioner and with Governor Olusegun Mimiko in moving sports forward, I say a big thank you to them all.

"I also want to thank all management and other staff of the ministry (of Sports) for cooperating with me in all things.

"I acknowledge that it would have been impossible to records the various successes we have posted without the cooperation of all. They all joined hands with the Mimiko government and made Ondo State the number one state in sports in the South-West," he said.

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