Talk of a well structured and organised club side in Nigeria, then, you won’t be mincing words if you spit out Ogun State based outfit, Remo Stars Football Club.
In 2004, the initiative of having a grassroot football club, mainly as a platform for recreational activity for the Youth of Ketu Area of Lagos State Nigeria, occurred to Mr Kunle Soname and he started out FC DENDER of Lagos which later transformed into Remo Stars today.
In 2010, continual hard work of the club saw the team gain promotion into the second tier of club football; the Nigeria National League (NNL), and with further development, the club’s management re-branded its organization.
They played in the top division in Nigerian football; the Nigerian Premier League after promotion in 2016 but were unable to maintain their stay as they placed 20th in the 2017 season.
For the owner of the club side, Mr Kunle Soname, It is not all about the football on the pitch but the will to take youth off social vices born out of his love for the round leather game.
Remo Stars boast of an Under 13, Under 15, Under 19, the Feeders Team and then The Main Team. A more reason why the club are thriving in producing talents because it embraces the true concept of “Total Football”.
In the last six years, Remo Stars have exported home grown talents abroad, six of which are Edward Abubu, Gbadamosi Ibrahim, Ofufu N. Ibeh, Dayo Femi and Ayomide Akiode all of which have moved to CD Feriensce in the Portuguese elite division, a club also owned by the Chairman of Remo Stars, Mr Kunle Soname.
And just recently, the club confirmed the departure of Isa Aliyu to Armenia side Lori FC. The Kaduna Born Attacker signed a two years deal after completing his medicals on Thursday and was unveiled to the media in Armenia. Aliyu will go on to win the Armenian first division league
The club also produced one of NPFL’s finest goal scorers in recent season, Victor Mbaoma of Akwa Utd and a midfield masetro in Oche Salefu of Rivers Utd.
Sources said both players arrived Rivers Utd and Akwa Utd in excess of 10million naira as loan fee. Make that good business in the NPFL. The club also boast of a privately owned stadium under construction.
Despite the club’s involvement in the NNL this season and losing two of their prized assest, Victor and Oche, the club has new players already who are stepping up to fill the void, Chisom and Marcus are names that comes to mind.
These players developmental trend are only possible for the club to achieve because the right structure for such to thrive are already in place. Questions now need to be asked of the big boys in the NPFL, Enyimba Intl, Rangers Intl, Kano Pillars, Heartland and many more. Are the perennial champions of the NPFL being run the way football is being managed in other climes?!
The most decorated club side in Nigeria Enyimba Intl can’t boost of a functioning academy, they are even playing away from their home, Aba.
Remo Stars FC of Ogun State might have got relegated in their debut NPFL season but the Sagamu based team are showing top NPFL clubs how and what it really means to do the football business in Nigeria and beyond.
High time club sides in Nigeria took Remo Stars as a model for Football structure and business wise. If all can do a Remo Stars, the state of football in Nigeria will never ever be at what it is now.
Structure and administration are key to our football growth. Remo Stars should be a challenge and a model to all.