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Academy to Establish Football School in Abuja, to Export Talents abroad

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Academy to Establish Football School in Abuja, to Export Talents abroad

 Prestige Football Academy, an Abuja-based club, said on Friday it had intensified plans to establish a football school in the FCT, to enable youths to develop their football talents.

The Manager of the academy, Uchendu Nwabara, said in a statement that the football institution, when completed, would combine secondary school education with football training.

Nwabara said the aim was to achieve holistic development of the players in line with modern sports business concepts.

“We want to create opportunity for every player to achieve his or her career in a reputable club locally or internationally, with high academic standards as well as social and health development,” he said.

According to Nwabara, beyond establishing the school, the academy is planning to recruit 30 players between ages 14 and 20 in an exercise expected to hold from Jan. 9 to 21 in Abuja.

Nwabara explained that the recruitment was part of efforts to develop the football careers of some talented youths in Abuja.

He said that 14 of the 30 recruited players would be taken to Ghana for trials where scouts from UK, Italy, France, Poland, Qatar and Ghana would watch them play and subsequently land them deals with foreign clubs.

Nwabara said, “qualified players from ages 18-20 will sign contracts with clubs, while the minor ages of 14-17 who excel in the trials can still be selected by the clubs to inject into their respective academies based on agreement with the academy”.

He said the screening, which attracted a token amount, would take place at Baze University Sports Field, Abuja, while that of Ghana would take place in Obuasi, Kumasi, Cheetah FC Stadium in Accra, Ghana.

The football manager said a curriculum had been designed for the academy to assist the players to develop their football career alongside their academics.

“Our curriculum is mostly associated with teaching football skills and education which includes different approaches to football training, drills and exercises, learning and assessment as well as instilling quality relationships between coaches and the players.

“We have developed a curriculum that provides an opportunity to create relevant, coherent and engaging environment for all players and coaches.

“Players are to have a clear purpose of representing the team and to provide a reference point not only for football but also for their education.

“We offer team assessment that provides the opportunity for self-discovery, cognitive and mental development and we evaluate players’ skills and performance standards.

“We engage in local and international friendly matches to enable each player to attain his full capacity in football and we inculcate confidence, self-esteem, knowledge and create the opportunity for players to participate in competitions at various levels.

“In general terms, our educational football academy consists of everything that promotes intellectual, personal moral values, social and physical development of the participants,” Nwabara said.

He added that the academy was in partnership with FIFA-verified agents, including Istepan Saraka from UK, Geinnaro Gisonna from Italy, Onur Demr from France, Janusz Dziedzic from Poland, Hamad Al-Hal from Qatar and Emmanuel Samjohn based in Ghana.

He also said that competent coaches and intermediaries were among those facilitating the signing of players.

“We have a reservoir of international collaborators who conduct scouting competitions from time to time and select the best players for foreign clubs”.

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LIGHTER MOOD: Pocket-induced Common Sense…!

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Sometimes, when what is laudable is not practicable, Commonsense simply takes over!

*Anonymous

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Pilgrimage: Participation May Slide As Adamawa Announces N4.679m For 2024 Hajj

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…Executive Secretary blames increment from N2.89m on rising operational costs, exchange rate fluctuations and inflation

Participation at the 2024 Pilgrimage in Adamawa may shrink as the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission has announced N4.679 million fare, for this year’s Hajj.

What goes for Adamawa, may similarly affect the other states of the country, as hajj fare in 2023 was only N2.89 million.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Malam Abubakar Salihu, made the announcement at a news briefing on Tuesday in Yola.

Salihu attributed the increment in the Hajj fare to rising operational costs, exchange rate fluctuations and inflation.
He said that the decision was made after careful consideration and consultations with relevant stakeholders.
According to him, the commission is committed to providing the best possible services, while ensuring transparency and accountability in the utilisation of the funds.

He called on intending pilgrims to always adhere to the rules and regulations both in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to enhance a hitch-free and successful pilgrimage.

Salihu also stressed the need for intending pilgrims to comply with the procedures and protocols established by the commission.
He emphasised the importance of continuous orientation and education for the intending pilgrims.

The executive secretary reiterated his commitment to ensuring a successful and memorable Hajj pilgrimage for the intending pilgrims in the state.

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LIGHTER MOOD:  The Southwest Strenght…!

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From Joe Igbokwe

(Are we Protecting them?)

These are my personal Medals to South West Nigeria for keeping the faith in Nigeria and standing out in every department in the Country as the:

1. The most peaceful zone in the Country.

2. The most organized zone in the Country 

3. Undoubtedly the most thriving economic hob in the country 

4. The most civilized zone in the country 

5. The most educated zone in the country 

6. The zone of federal, State, and private Universities

7. The zone of big Churches and worship centers in Nigeria.

8. The  most accommodating and tolerant zone in the country 

9. The number one zone for imports and exports in the country.

10. Richest zone in the country without any shred of doubts

11. The zone of limitless opportunities.

12. The most progress zone with cultural competence and management of emotional intelligence.

13. The zone is number one in almost everything among the six zones in the country.

14. The happiest zone in the country without any shred of doubt 

I can go on and on but this is a challenge to other zones in the country. The loss of the 5 zones is the gain of Southwest.

By Joe Igbokwe

LAGOS

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