Former International Mutiu Adepoju has revealed that his rise to prominence in football was as a result of being discovered through the Principals’ Cup.
He made this known while appearing as a guest of the monthly virtual Ex-University of Ibadan Footballers Association interactive program
According to the La Liga ambassador in Nigeria, he started his football career right from the primary school.
” I started playing football right from my primary school at CRIN staff school Idiayure, Ibadan. Then, I played alongside Dimeji Lawal, everyone within that area knew us then. I represented CRIN staff school effectively, and we were champions of the primary schools tournament then in Oluyole LGA.
‘We also got to the state finals played at the Liberty stadium, Ibadan and that was my first time of playing at the great Liberty stadium. When I got to the secondary school at Prospect High school, Abanla in Ibadan, I started playing for the school from my form 3.
“I represented them at the Principal’s cup. It was from there that I had the opportunity of representing Oyo state at the 1985 National Sports Festival in Ilorin, Kwara State.
“I also played for the University of Ibadan team at the 1986 NUGA games hosted by the institution before I moved to Spain after the Saudi 1989 World Youth Championship,” he said.
Mutiu further advocated for a shift from the approach to grassroot football development saying that that remains the only way for sustainable football development in the country “grassroot football is the way to go. If we really do it properly, we are going to have so many great players and football will surely thrive on it.
The National Principals Cup is geared towards harnessing talented school students in Sports, enhance talent discovery and grooming young talents in the country.