2019 BEST NIGERIAN ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT.
OLUFEMI BENJAMIN OLATUNJI.
Olufemi Benjamin Olatunji is a former professional footballer from Nigeria who came to South Africa in 2004 in search of greener pastures in football career. After a challenging football career, Mr. Olwafemi turned his passion for football into a new venture by founding the Femben Stars International Football Club. The club gave opportunities to young players and was able to qualify for the entry-level professional league the SAB league and competed at this level. This achievement remains a big milestone for Mr. Olufemi's upward journey in life. Mr. Olufemi was forced to sell Femben Stars status as a football club as he had struggled to stay afloat financially in running the club. Undaunted, Mr. Olufemi's passion found new expression as a football coach as he enrolled for both CAF and SAFA B licenses and later acquired both licenses. For some years, Mr. Olufemi built his coaching profile as he provided free coaching services at schools and pre-schools.
In 2018, Femben Stars International Football Club officially transitioned and changed its name to Femben Stars Football Academy. The primary mission of the academy is to run a professional football development program. With this project, Mr. Olufemi envisions instilling long-lasting values through the game of football, while maximizing his passion and joy for the game. So far, Femben Stars Football Academy has achieved phenomenal success having set up 7 branches and also enjoys support from communities where it is based.
The academy has also received countless testimonies from players' parents on how the program has impacted their children. In August 2019, he hosted, a camp for a Nigerian based football academy Ilaji Football Academy. His academy currently employs 14 professional coaches. The academy has also hosted coaching workshops open to the public in order to encourage coaches to develop themselves professionally. Another highlight of Mr. Olufemi's coaching career is attending an international coaching course in June 2019 in Nigeria where he was part of a group of coaches from different parts of Africa attending a course organized by the Football Coaches Association of Africa Nations. “I am greatly privileged to work in the field of sport and be part of the magic that sport can create,” says Mr. Olufemi.