I Mirrored My Life After My Dad – Gafar Liameed
President 36 Lion Football Club, Alhaji Gafar Liameed has no doubt taken the game of Football to another level in Nigeria.
The Lagos born football entrepreneur has shown class in recent years and is being regarded as one of the most outstanding football youth developer In the country.
Born in Lagos in the early ’70s, through his ‘rare’ nature of discovering talents has successfully nurtured and mentored some prominent players which includes Yusuf Ayila, Ezekiel Imoh, Junior Ajayi, Sadiq Popoola, Peter Olayinka and a host of others.
In his recent virtual interview on one of Nigeria’s foremost Whatsapp groups, Family United by Football, (FUBF), the former Head Coach of Kennedy King College, Chicago, said he mirrored his life after his father, who he describes as an upright person.
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“My dad was a great man, one who is upright and well respected in the society,” he told FUBF.
“I learned a lot from him and that’s why I regard him as my role-model. He pushed me hard while I was young and wanted the best for us all and that’s why I have two mentors who are just like him.
“I grew up in Lagos Island and had a very good upbringing. I was lucky enough because the famous Campos Square Mini Stadium was just a few meters from our home.
“I remember how much we love going there and watching football as kids and I must say that inspired me and made me love soccer as a kid.”
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Gafar Liameed is the first Nigerian to invest in building a Football and vocational school with two standard FIFA ‘C’ pitches and a mini-pitch of 5*5 playing field.