The traditional head of Iwo, the Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has stated his wish to acquire English Football Club, Chelsea – which is also the club he supports.
Speaking in an interview with Punch’s Sodiq Oyeleke, the monarch spoke about his love for football and how he wouldn’t hesitate to buy Chelsea F.C. if presented with the opportunity.
The monarch, who recently established a football club known as Telu FC (TFC), also stated that he would encourage his children to get involved in football if they ever showed interest. Speaking on the calibre of international footballers he has met, the Oluwo said,
Locally, I have met Nwanwo Kanu, Joseph Yobo and Samson Siasia. Obafemi Martins is close to me.
Internationally, I have met David Beckham.
See excerpts from the interview below;
Did you indulge in sports while growing up?
I’ve been playing football since my nursery and primary school days. I like table tennis too. I played during break time at school.
Were you always on the winning or losing side?
Who will tell you that he loses? I was always on the winning side. How will I be on the losing side?
Which position did you play?
I played as a right-winger.
Why did you choose to be a businessman and not a footballer?
During my time, it was tough to get parental consent to play football. At that time, football wasn’t something they would advise you to go into. In fact, if your parents saw you playing football, it made you look unserious. So, my time was not a period when people considered making a living from football.
Did you ever get into trouble playing football?
There was a time that I got the beating of my life when my mother saw me while she was coming back home from work. We used to look out to know if she was coming or not but that day, she caught me. After then, I only played football and table tennis during break time in school. When I got home, it was to eat, sleep and read my books.
Which club do you support and would love to buy?
It is Chelsea. I am a Chelsea fan.
Do you think Chelsea can yield a good return on investment, if you acquire the club?
I am a Chelsea supporter. It doesn’t matter what they are doing or where they are. There would be a time that they will come back, and I will not switch because they are not doing well.
Would you want your children to engage in sports?
Yes. My son likes football a lot. He has about 10 footballs.
Do you watch local matches?
Yes, I do. I am floating a club right now. It is called Telu FC – TFC. I want the players to go global. I talked to Joseph Yobo, Obafemi Martins and others about it some time ago.
Who is the most popular footballer that you have met?
Locally, I have met Nwankwo Kanu, Joseph Yobo and Samson Siasia. Obafemi Martins is close to me. Internationally, I have met David Beckham.