A football academy situated in Abuja; the nation’s Federal Capital Territory has commenced a nationwide talent hunt for young footballers across the country.
The institute, Prestige Football Academy said the young talents will be sponsored to play for the various national teams in Nigeria and in foreign clubs.
President of the Academy, Uchendu Nwabara said that the talent hunt would be executed through Global Grassroots Football Tournament (GGFT).
“GGFT is a project that creates opportunities for young talented players to participate in football scouting tournaments and competitions at regional and state levels,” Nwabara said.
He explained that the best players who meet the specification of certain foreign football clubs would be sponsored and signed up immediately to play for those clubs, from where they can advance their career.
“We have capable regional coordinators that will handle the assignment in every region. Edwin Yobo, the elder brother to former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, is the Zonal Coordinator of GGFT South-South and he will partner with Obafemi Omobowale, President, H2U Football Academy.
“The Zonal Coordinator of the North-East is Elisha Bako Dauda, NFF Intermediary, while Joshua Dabo (Joe K), President, Heroes Football Academy, Jos, will coordinate the North-Central.
“The South-East will be coordinated by Obinna Winners, while Babatunde Ibrahim, Liaison Officer, H2U Football Academy Global Limited, Lagos, and her Secretary-General, Bola Olugbemi, will together coordinate South-West,” he said.
The Academy’s president said that the zonal event would commence in the South-South (Port Harcourt) from April 17 and end in the North-East (Bauchi) May 5, while the grand finale would hold in Abuja from May 23 to May 26.
He also said the preliminary screening would be conducted at local governments and state level, while the semifinals would hold at the state representing each of the geopolitical zones.
On the grand finale which will be held at Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, Nwabara said presidents and representatives of foreign football clubs as well as football scouts from Africa and beyond will be in attendance.
The Regional Chief Coordinator of the event, Elkanah Ombugala, an ex-International, emphasised that the tournament is aimed at showcasing talented Nigerian football players.
“In the past, so many talented but less-privileged footballers have been left behind due to the lack of opportunities to showcase their talents and get sponsorship.
“This event will provide opportunities for the less-privileged young talented football players at the grassroots level to sign up with International football clubs.
“GGFT is one of its kinds as it cuts across all the geo-political zones in the country giving footballers equal opportunities without marginalisation,” Ombugala said.