Nigeria Club Profile: Igbajo United Football Club

Igbajo United Football Club
Igbajo United Football Club Crest

Introduction

Founded in 2022, Igbajo United Football Club has quickly established itself as a formidable presence in Nigeria football. Based in Igbajo, Osun State, the club competes in the Nigeria National League (NNL), the second tier of Nigeria football.

With its headquarters in the heart of Igbajo town, the team stands as a proud representative of Igbajo, Osun State, and Nigeria football. The club’s deep roots in the community allows it to engage with local fans and supporters, contributing significantly to the town’s development and the well-being of its people.

Igbajo Community is also the only community that has a sport commission in Osun State.

Organizational Structure

Igbajo United Football Club First Team (Men’s Team).

Igbajo United Football Club has a comprehensive structure with four organs, catering to different age groups and genders. That is; Igbajo United FC consists of four main teams:

  1. First Team (Men’s Team): The senior team competing in the Nigeria National League.
  2. Igbajo United Ladies (Female Team): Promoting women’s football and empowerment.
  3. Igbajo United Feeders Team: A developmental squad nurturing young talent for the first team.
  4. Igbajo United Kindergarten Team: Introducing children to football and developing their skills from an early age.
Igbajo United Ladies (Female Team).

This multi-tiered structure underscores the club’s dedication to building a robust football foundation within the community.

Legal and Governance Framework

Igbajo United FC operates on a solid legal foundation, governed by a Constitution and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a limited company (RC 1948363). This ensures transparency, accountability, and good governance, critical for attracting sponsorships and forming partnerships.

The club’s Board of Directors, led by Chairman Architect Dayo Adegbite.

The club’s Board of Directors, led by Chairman Architect Dayo Adegbite, makes strategic decisions while CEO Mr. John Titilawo handles day-to-day operations, ensuring efficient management and execution of the club’s vision.

Colors

The club’s vibrant colors—yellow and green—are more than just hues on a jersey. Yellow symbolizes sunshine, optimism, and hope, while green represents growth, harmony, and nature. These energetic colors not only make the team stand out on the pitch but also inspire the players to shine bright, play with passion, and unite as a cohesive force. The sense of identity and belonging these colors foster among the players, fans, and the entire Igbajo community is palpable. It’s heartening to see a team that embodies such pride and tradition, with everyone wearing the yellow and green with honor and enthusiasm.

Community Ownership

Igbajo United Football Club
Mr. Sola Fanawopo, the Osun State FA Chairman and Igbajo Development Association (IDA) President.

Igbajo United Football Club is owned and supported by the Igbajo community, under the umbrella of the Igbajo Development Association (IDA). The community-driven approach ensures the club is deeply rooted in the local community and serves as a source of pride and unity for the people of Igbajo.

The club’s community-driven approach is spearheaded by the Igbajo Development Association (IDA), with President Mr. Sola Fanawopo who’s also the Osun State Football Association Chairman, providing strong support and guidance.

This model used in operating the club has brought about deep connection between the club and the local community, ensuring that the club’s success benefits the entire town of Igbajo.

Team Management and Coaching

Prince Adekunle Fakile, Igbajo United Football Club Team Manager.
Prince Adekunle Fakile, Igbajo United Football Club Team Manager.

Prince Adekunle Fakile is the team manager of Igbajo United Football Club. As the team manager, he plays a crucial role in overseeing the overall operations of the club, including strategy, player management, and team performance.

His leadership and expertise has been essential in guiding the team towards success, evident in the recently concluded New Year Mega Lottery Nationwide League One (NLO). Prince Fakile is also the general Secretary Osun State grassroots coaches council and the General Secretary of Igbajo Sports Commission.

Coach Omoniyi Muhydeen Omoyemi, with a Diploma in Coaching Certificate from the National Institute of Sports (NIS), leads the first team. He joined Igbajo United in September 2020, but and made his first appearance with the team in Nationwide League One (NLO) in 2023. The team finished third in the Osun Center table, behind Osun United Football Club and Hammola FC. He also led Igbajo United to the round of 32 in the Federation Cup in the same year, where they were knocked out by FC Ebedei at Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan. In 2024, Coach Muhydeen successfully led the team to the Nigerian National League (NNL).

The club also benefits from the consultancy of Coach Abdulrasheed Hamsat Adeleke (Coach Leke), a respected figure in Nigerian football and leader of the Osun State Football Council. His strategic guidance has also been crucial for the club’s development and competitive edge.

Media and Communication

Tungba FM Osun Igbajo, led by Chairman Prince Adegbola Gbolahan Odo, broadcasts the club’s matches and programs, enhancing community engagement and support. The club’s online presence, managed by Media Officer Mr. Babawale Abdulbaki (Akolade Sports), spans Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, and X, keeping fans updated and connected.

Club Legend and Patron

Adegoke Qamar, known as Qamar Qamar, is a club legend, having scored 10 goals in 11 matches. After an incredible debut season full of accolades and goals, Qamar helped Igbajo United secure promotion to the NNL.

Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, the Asiwaju of Igbajo and Club Patron.

Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, the Asiwaju of Igbajo, is a true patron and number one supporter of Igbajo United Football Club! His unwavering financial support and encouragement have been instrumental in the club’s growth and success.

As a respected leader and prominent figure in the community, Chief Awomolo’s backing has not only provided a significant boost to the club’s finances but also lent credibility and prestige to the team. His commitment to the club’s development is a testament to his dedication to the community and his passion for football.

Conclusion

Igbajo United Football Club, with its vibrant yellow and green colors, symbolizes hope, growth, and unity. The club’s strong leadership, legal foundation, community support, and commitment to development positions it as a rising force in Nigeria football. As they strive for success in the NNL and aim for promotion to the top tier, the NPFL, Igbajo United FC embodies the spirit of Igbajo, Osun State, and the broader Nigeria football community.