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N1.5m May Stall Olaniyi’s Aspiration To Go Professional In South Africa

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Posted: Mar 18, 2016 at 7:44 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
One of Nigeria’s most promising youth golfers, Adeyinka Olaniyi, may have his dream to attend a professional programme in South Africa dashed for lack of funds. Independent learnt that he is currently sourcing for funds from individuals and corporate organisations.
The prolific golfer in a telephone chat with Independent on Thursday from Offa, Kwara State estimated the cost of the professional course at N1.5 million (about $5000) for a six-month period.
Olaniyi who is in the top ten of Nigerian youth golfers in order of ranking believed that he could realise his dream in South Africa because there are financial opportunities and facilities in the country.
According to him, “I have been searching for sponsors till date without success. At my present age, I want to start pursuing my professional career in golf, not amateur anymore and South Africa is my dream.
But, the problem is that I don’t have money of my own. I’ll need at least N1.5 million (about $5000) for the entire period of six months. I need to take care of myself, pay for my trainings and other logistics.
“With the present economic situation my parents can’t even raise the money for me. I just finished my higher institution programme this year and I have to move on. But, I know through this medium someone or an organization out there could help by Gods grace”
On why South Africa, Olaniyi said: “South Africa is my destination, because there are lots of opportunities there. With some bit of commitment and sincerity, one can always get helps in South Africa because it is a golf destination in Africa.
The Rosani Golf Resort player and product of Kwara School of Health Technology, Offa concluded that he has lost opportunities to be in the United Kingdom (UK) owing to lack of funds after series of invitation for youth tournaments.