SHORT STORY ON DR. JOHNSON KOMOLAFE

Dr. Johnson Komolafe was a former Allied Bank player in Lagos State Divisional Football Association. LADFA league.

The LADFA league was a unique and superior developmental youths programs in early ’70 to late ’90’s. Lafa league was the relay of grassroot football in Lagos.

In early ’70s through ’80s and ’90s to a period, lafa league raigned. Many born, raw talented footballers, passed through lafa league. Such are our seniors, and team mates, which includes Senior Sir Segun Adeleke, late Haruna Ilerika, late Yomi Peters, the Anieke brothers, Tony Anieke, Peter Anieke, Adeyemi Adebayo, Joe Erico, Peter Fregene, Peter Rufai, Waidi Akanni, Kamilu Banjo, Fatai Amao, Segun Olukanni, Femi Olukanni, Ganiyu Ayanwale, Tarila Okorowanta, Wakilu, Henry Nwosu, Tajudeen Ajide, Ganiyu Ajide, Late Latif Anashaun, Yamala, Wasiu Ipaye, Fatai Atere, Asuka Abor, Jones Akbor, Andrew Uwe, Andrew Uti, and Abiodun (Jenge).

In part, includes, Akintunde Ojo, Dagama, Peter Nieketien, Etemere, Sunday Okunlaja, Jonathan Akpaborire, Akeem Ishola, Tajudeen Disu, Gani Akanni, Paul Okoku, Isreal Fatuade, Ogbosu Hassan, Alao Hassan, Victor Ogunsanya, and others not mentioned.

Surely, Dr. Johnson Komolafe played for few Football Clubs with top Nigerian players such as Monday Kanu, Waidi Akanni, Muyiwa Motajo, Hon. Tajudeen Ajide, Tajudeen Disu, Fatai Atere, Fatai Amao, Henry Nwosu (MON), Akeem Ishola, Isa Shofoluwe, Fatai Atere, and a host of others not mentioned.

While playing for Allied Bank Football Club in 1990, Allied Bank Football Club won the CBN Cup tournament.

Worthy to know. Dr. Jlohnson Komolafe was a unique footballer. He mark his opponents wisely. He was fast, intelligent and gives accurate passes to his team mates. He was also good on the air, i.e. defending air balls. He closed mark to tackle his opponents and stop his opponents without further delay. He was a defender, who played from right full back and,or left full back. Very effective with both legs.

However, while in United States. On many occasions,, whenever Waidi Akanni fixtures in the team, Dr. Komolafe played from outside right or outside left. He was equally effective as a sticker.

Like most Lagos boys by birth in the ’60s. He was born at Massey Children’s Hospital, in Lagos Island.

Up till present, Dr. Johnson Komolafe’s family house remains at Branco street, Oshodi.

Dr. Komolafe’s passion for football develops, listening to sports commentary from Semi-final, and Finals of ECN and Enugun Rangers Football Club. Amazingly, Enugun Rangers was the only team he loves and ever supported.

Dr. Komolafe began playing youth street football with “blomblom” the available ball for the kids of those days.

Although, he began to play football, when he moved to Mainland in the ’70s.

Thus. Dr. Johnson Komolafe’s childhood football friends grew tremendously, when he joined a group of young footballers playing at Ojurin (Railway line), namely, Onigari, Oligbo, Miko omo iya elewa, Sunday, Aaron, Yinka Akete, Oyio from Lawani. Just to mention few names.

Fortunately, Dr. Johnson Komolafe’s football skills improved quickly. Suddenly, he stepped up his play to “Omolere ground” and “Wembly 4 ground” at Fadeyi.

His love for football game increased. Suddenly, football competition took him to Shomolu alongside his childhood friends, Fatai Atere, and Babatunde Akapo.

Per street football. He played for Bada Bombers FC, Fadeyi, where he participated on major tournaments at LCC football field, Onayade Street, Fadeyi, where Bada Bombers won several tournaments. He played for the Junior, intermidaite and senior boys of Bada Bombers team. Members of Bada Bombers team includes, Abayo from Adewusi, Lado, Oyio from Lawani, Golden Ajebo, late Ibitimi Collins, Awolo Zik (goalkeeper), Uzhe Odega, Chinedu Odega, late Egbeyeni, Felix from Ojelade, and Mathew from Bada.

The yard stick height measurements determined who plays in those three mentioned above categories.

While in United States of America, his football blossomed at Howard University, where he played NCAA tournament for his School, Howard University.

Dr. Johnson Komolafe was respected for his intelligence and team play. Surely, he was selected as a member of United States of America National team, that played against, the Diplomat of El Salvador in 1994.

Notably, Dr. Komolafe scored the second goal in the match. Later, he was invited to join a professional Major League soccer in United States. But, for the nature of his profession as a medical doctor, he was unable to honor the invitation.

Apart from NCAA soccer competition, he also participated in tournaments, around D.C, Virginia and Maryland area in the United States, which includes popular tournaments, such as, Bob Marley Cup, MEAC Cup, Embassy Cup and TPSA Cup.

Dr. Johnson Komolafe, was blessed to have as team mates, great players, like Muyiwa Motajo, Waidi Akanni, Peter Igiebor, Fatai Atere, Oriaki Ogbona, Monday Kanu, Akeem Ishola another prolific striker, Friday, Sunny Nwanji, Taiwo Adewunmi, Justice, together they won several tournaments at D.C. Virginia, and Maryland area in United States.

Dr. Johnson Komolafe was also blessed to had trained and played under great coaches like Coach Clement Olayinka (Emily), Coach Okunu, late Ekato, Coach Salami and others not mentioned.

Dr. Johnson Komolafe, currently, resides in United States of America, serving people, as a professional Doctor. Physical exercise is still part of daily routine. He is part of the Nigeria Football team at Maryland, USA, The Diasporas team.

Written by Ex international, Ganiy Akanni (T&T Network Admin.).

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