Akala made Crown FC a global icon, says club’s boss, Oyeleye

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Yinka ADETUNJI
The general manager of Crown Football Club of Ogbomoso, Mr. Kunle Oyeleye has recalled how the former governor of Oyo state, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala who passed away on January 12, 2022 at the age of 71, turned the club into a global football icon.

Oyeleye signing the condolence register


Oyeleye led members of the club’s management, technical crew and players on a condolence visit to the family yesterday at their Opadoyin Akala Lodge at Randa, where they were received by the scion of Alao-Akala dynasty, Hon Olamijuwonlo Alao, who waxed philosophically that the will of God could not be questioned. The team also commiserated with the widows, Chiefs Florence and Kemi.
Mr. Oyeleye in a condolence message he signed personally noted that Akala was the architect of the modern outlook of the club adding that the first ever promotion to the Nigeria’s Premier League it attained in 2010 was orchestrated by the late former police officer when he was the state’s helmsman.


“The team Crown Football Club is here today for his foresight and love for youths and sports development in the State. The modern day Crown Football Club probably would not have been in existence save for his effort by doing the needful at the right time. This is why we are here today as a team to pay him his due respect as the architect of modern day Crown Football Club duly reckoned with among football clubs in Nigeria and diaspora. In the year 2010 when the club achieved the first ever ticket to the elite league His Excellency encouraged us with several things but most thrilling was a personally signed congratulatory letter to the team as the governor.”
Oyeleye who was recently elected as the secretary of the The Nigerian National League Club Owners Association (NNLCOA) asserted the deceased was a generous man who touched many lives with kindness while positing that his good deeds impressively dwarfed his perceived wrongdoings as he quoted a passage in the Bible to back this assertion.
“I commiserate on behalf of the management, technical crew, players, supporters and fans of Crown Football Club worldwide.
“Death, according to Williams Shakespeare, is a necessary end that will come when it will come; but what is usually left is what an individual pre-occupies himself with while sojourning on this terrestrial ball.
“His Excellency is being massively mourned today because of his good will and kindness to humanity having taken it upon himself to always put smiles on the faces of the masses, perhaps his humble background informed his action and decision. Kindness became his number one religion and kind he was till he succumbed to mortal blow; this re-echoes the biblical assertion in 1 Peter 4:8 which says ‘And above all things have fervent charity among yourself: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.’ With this we are convinced of his place in the paradise hall fame.”
The one time executive secretary of the club now prays for the family and the people of Oyo state generally to be granted the fortitude to bear the loss.



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