In March 2015, two ex UItes - Vitalis Udozor and Edwin Evbie met and decided that it was necessary to unite all ex-footballers of the school by bringing them under one umbrella. A meeting was scheduled a week away and that meeting had 5 people in attendance: Ibrahim Suleiman, Vitalis Udozor, Edwin Evbie, Lawrence Osuagwu and Kolade Oladokun who came in from Canada (and attended the first 5 reunions from his Canadian base).
At the inception meeting, the ex-UI Footballers group was formed and it was resolved that a WhatsApp platform be created for the association and members would meet at least once a year for its reunion. The first reunion was held in August 2015 and in view of the very successful reunion, it was agreed that the subsequent reunion date be moved to December to accommodate the foreign legion. Consequent to the above, the reunion has been held every December in our alma mata with a growing number of members turning out year on year. Impressively, every year, we have had our members in diaspora headlining the reunion and we have had members flying in from Canada, UK, South Africa and USA amongst others.
As the group continued to grow (from 5 members to over 140 members - and still growing), it was decided that there was a need to formally register the association as an NGO and also properly restructure the group to have EXCOs, BOTs and continental liaison officers. Further to that decision, the LOC, which had hitherto been responsible for managing the affairs of the group transitioned to EXCO and this decision was graciously ratified by the house. Edwin Evbie emerged as the President while Mogaji Professor Oluwasegun Adekunle became the BOT Chairman. The Association and the Trustees have since been registered with the CAC.
To reunite all the past football players of the University of Ibadan, with a view to giving back to her, what the University gave us, especially through football.
Criteria for membership of the association
- Membership of the Association is open to all graduate students of the University of Ibadan, who played football actively either at the hall and or university level(s). The Executive Committee of “Ex-UIFA” may also admit UI graduates who played at the faculty level as Honorary Members to assist the Association in achieving its aims and objectives and are willing to adhere to the rules of the Association.
- Membership of the association is considered by the executive on an individual basis and where it is considered that membership would be detrimental to the aims and objectives of the Association, the Executive Committee shall have the power to refuse membership, or may terminate or suspend the membership of any member by a simple resolution passed at an executive meeting. Members shall have the right to appeal via an independent adjudicator determined by the Board of Trustees.
All around the world, you will find an ex-University of Ibadan Footballer
Ex-University of Ibadan footballers have made their mark all around the world and this has helped us build a network of brotherhood around the globe