This agreement will see the leader in football business education in Nigeria and the Lagos professional football club collaborate on educational and professional development matters.

“We are excited to welcome Ikorodu City into our network as we continue to grow collaborations, in Nigeria to boost football business education. 

“Nigeria is a country passionate about football and it is our desire to develop and innovate the industry by organising knowledge based courses for footballers, coaches and professionals.

“With our specialised courses, we intend to accelerate the professionalization of the football industry and develop current and future leaders in the game, here in Nigeria and the African continent”, said MFBA Founder & CEO, Ojeikere Aikhoje. 

In addition, Aikhoje said Ikorodu City players will be the first set to undergo courses aimed at preparing them for life after football.

Speaking on the initiative, Executive Director, Ikorodu City, Kayode Badmus said: “It is very important for Ikorodu City to be part of The MFBA network. We are proud to be the first Nigeria National League side and second in Nigeria to collaborate with MFBA.”

“As a club, we are sure that we will benefit from their knowledge and innovative ideas,” he concluded.

Ikorodu City joins Nigeria Premier Football League side, Lobi Stars, in the MatchRoom Football Business Academy Network of Clubs.

Through this partnership, FBA Candidates will have an opportunity to immerse themselves into the football industry when developing Student Business Projects and completing their internships at the club.

About MatchRoom Football Business Academy 

The MatchRoom Football Business Academy is a Lagos-based educational institution whose goal is to accelerate the professionalization of the football industry and develop future leaders in the game.

Initially founded as MatchRoom Brand Clinic, in 2019, and later rebranded MatchRoom Football Business Academy, it also seeks to boost knowledge of football coaches and provide an educational platform to prepare professional footballers for life after football.

Makurdi based Lobi Stars is its first ever club partner.