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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Chairman Osun State Basketball Association, Engineer Opeyemi Babalola, has stated that he has no regret whatsoever during his days as a basketball player. 

The Chief Operating Officer of Webber Engineering, Nigeria's first and Africa's only commercial viable basketball facilities manufacturing company played for Kwara Falcons, Dodan Warriors and the University of Aberdeen Basketball team, before calling it quit and focused on his career as an engineer.


During an exclusive interview session on a popular Whatsapp Sports Group, the Subsea Engineering Masters Degree holder from the  University of Aberdeen told *Family United by Football (FUBF), that he is satisfied and has no regrets as a basketballer.

" I have always made the best of any situation I find myself in," Webber echoed on Family United By Football Platform. 
 

Now I am into the fabrication of Basketball equipment for over five years now and I am happy about my  achievements. 

" For me not playing professional basketball in the NBA or for the Tigers does not mean that I am not fulfilled or have regrets over. 

" I feel everyone has got his role to play in this industry and am satisfied that I can still make positive impact in Nigeria basketball system." 

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Engineer Babalola has been contributing to the development of the game of Basketball in Nigeria through construction of both fixed and portable Basketball system and renovation of existing facilities which has further created more job opportunities for coaches, artisans, metal fabricators, glass manufacturers and many more.

Babalola studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ilorin, after which he studied Subsea Engineering at the University of Aberdeen. He has worked for multinational companies like General Electric and OneSubsea, and on multi-million dollar projects within and outside the country. 




It will be recalled last year, Babalola Opeyemi donated sporting facilities worth N9 million to St. Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara his former schoool, a decision borne out of the realisation that sports through education remains critical to driving socio-economic development in Nigeria.

The absence of modern Sport infrastructure in schools has consequently undermined the mental and physical development of students in Sports.


The standard of sports development at the school (St Anthony) has declined over the years considering the likes of Sunday Bada, Bisi Afolabi and Akinremi sisters rose through the college to represent Nigeria at International sporting events. He believes that having the right sports infrastructure is key to the performance of athletes.
 

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