News: Throwback to Teslim Balogun, Africa’s first qualified professional football coach

Tesilimi Olawale Ayinde Balogun (1927 – 30 July 1972) was a Nigerian football player and coach. Balogun played at both professional and international levels as a striker, with nicknames “Thunder and Balinga”. He became Africa’s first qualified professional football coach.

In his home city of Lagos, the former striker now has a multi-purpose stadium named after him, ensuring his legacy continues.

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In Surulere, Lagos, the Teslim Balogun Stadium is mostly used for football matches, and hosts First Bank FC, as well as some National Youth games.

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