Of all world sport, football is the leader. In an ever-changing world of economic uncertainty, religious radicalization and social revolution, very few factors have the innate power to thrill, unite and inspire like football. Since its discovery more than 200 years ago by English men, and its constant evolution, it has continued to touch and inspire the lives of millions of people the world over. Today the game is played, watched and enjoyed all over the globe by different people of diverse cultures, creed and race right down to our beloved country Nigeria where we have indeed experienced glory at the youth level on continental and international playing fields Dream Team Football Academy was conceived to keep the dreams of the founding father of ASCON OIL Company Limited alive. This annual memorial event is an avenue to raise the awareness and consciousness of the sporting community and fans and as well as give insight into what is happening in the nation’s sports, especially football at the youth level.
What other better way to engage our youth positively other than in football and sporting activities. Like the great Brazilian football legend, Pele once said, “football is the beautiful game”. We share the same sentiment because we believe the lives of our talented youth can indeed be beautiful if they stay focused on their dreams and not engage in self-destructive social vices that can truncate their future.
Through football they are empowered to take responsibility for their actions and be the best they can be. Just like the slogan of Ascon, we want our youth to move forward. There is so much to be gained if our youth move forward in the right direction, the immediate community not only benefits, the nation at large does as well and it is in our collective best interest to continually point them in the right direction through sports.