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Cowbell brings back Okwaraji memories


Twenty-eight years after, memories of Samuel Okwaraji’s life and times have hardly gained any prominence, but Cowbell Milk, the leading brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, made the difference recently.

At the main bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos, whereOkwaraji slumped and died while representing Nigeria,Cowbell Football Academy brought back memories of the footballer at the Cowbell Summer Camp.

For kids and parents who participated at the final ceremony of the event organised by CFA to groom young talents, it was a date with the history of the late midfielder, who died in a 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola.

Among those who played at the final ceremony was ToyeebOlakunle, who captained the country’s U-15 team at the Youth Olympics held in Botswana in 2014.

Speaking at the event, ex-Super Eagles defender, GbengaOkunowo, said the event was a befitting memorial for Okwaraji.

“Many people do not remember Okwaraji anymore. So, this event is a good reminder. We cannot replace the late midfielder but the young talents I have seen could one day take his place in the national team,” he said.

Franklin Howard, another ex-Super Eagles player, said the Cowbell Summer Camp brought back memories of Okwaraji’s last game.

Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, AbiodunAyodeji said the sponsorship was aimed at building responsible citizens. He added that the initiative was part of Promasidor’s support for the socio-economic development of the country.

“We are very keen in creating activities and platforms that will provide a total development opportunity for Nigerian children and youths. This is all about total development – whether in academic or extra-curricular activities,” Ayodeji explained.

Ten awards were given to outstanding individuals and teams for their impressive performances during training. Among the honours were the Cowbell Overall Wining Team Prize, Stephen Keshi’s Prize for Outstanding Leadership, MudaLawal’s Prize for Most Hardworking Participant and Rasheed Yekini’s Prize for Most Improved Player.

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