Nigerian youths have been urged to emulate late soccer ambassador, Alhaji Mudashir Lawal Agboluaje.
The advice was given during the 30th remembrance anniversary of the ace footballer.
Welcoming the Coordinator, Mr Jamiu Ademoye and members of the Nigerian Soccer Supporters Club, led by Chief Allen Taylor, the Chief Host and Aare Egba Muslims, Chief Layi Labode, said that Muda Lawal Agboluaje, had in a very large and enduring measure, placed Nigeria, Yoruba race and the largest homogenous Egba township, on the World Map of sporting excellence.
Aare Labode called on Ijaye and Egbas as well as Nigerian youths to equally leave indelible marks on the growth and development of Nigeria as Muda Lawal Agboluaje did through football.
In his sermon, Chief Imam of Ijaye, Alhaji Olomu revealed that late footballer played 82 times for Nigeria.
The Ijaye Grand Imam recalled that Muda Lawal played between 1970s to 1991, leaving indelible foot prints in the soccer world.
Imam Musbau Olomu also recalled that his 1980 3rd goal at the African Cup of Nations, sent Algeria to second place in the coveted cup.
The Ijaye Chief Imam challenged Ijaye NAD Egba youths to emulate Muda Lawal and even surpass him if they want to be remembered.
Speaking at the occasion, the Coordinator of the Programme and Nigerian Football Supporters Club, Jamiu Ademoye, said that Lawal died in 1991 and he was still on the lips of every football lover.
He reminded the audience that Lawal appeared five consecutive times in African Cup of Nations.
He congratulated Ijaye Egba people, pointing out that they were lucky that Lawal was not buried in Ibadan where he died.
He thanked his cousin and Imam Okediroko/Ogun Mosque, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Fasina and other Ogun Atadi Compound and his father’s Agboluaje family of Ajayi Compound, Okediroko, Ijaye, for their heroic insistence on bringing his remains to Ijaye, Abeokuta.
Imam Musbau Musa Olomu called Ogun State Government to fulfil its recurring promises to refurbish his grave and construct Mada Lawal Road, Ijaye, if only to put paid to renewal promises by State Sports Commissioners and many Governors.
The coordinator, Muda Lawal Remembrance Programme, Mr Jamiu Ademoye, said that there would be Muda Lawal Agboluaje Foundation.
He commended the selfless attitude of Lawal Agboluaje for ball distribution, including his historical synergy with another Egba and Ogun State indigene.
Ademoye of Broadview Organization, said this programme was a flag off.
Imam Abdulazeez Fasina said his father was from Ajayi and Ogun Atadi Compounds.
Muda Lawal Agboluaje’s family insisted that he be buried in Ijaye Abeokuta.
He called on Ogun State government to live up to its promise and expectations by completing the Muda Lawal Agboluaje Road in Ijaye.
Hon Allen Taylor said that as a member of House Assembly and Football Supporters Club, he would help contact with the government to revive the project.
The Balogun of Ijaye and Aare Of Egbaland, High Chief Ganiu Babayeju led Egba Traditional Council of Traditional Chiefs including the Jagunmolu, Chief Fatai Afuape and the Asipa, Alh Buhari as well as others to the well attended Jumat service for the late soccer maestro and ambassador, Muda Lawal Agboluaje