Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has continued to enjoy more
endorsements from government and corporate organizations as it unveiled its youth football development
program in Lagos on Tuesday.
At a ceremony held in Victoria Island, Lagos, NFF 1st Vice
President, Seyi Akinwunmi, who is also Chairman of the NFF Youth Football
Development Committee, made a public presentation of an ambitious plan that is
targeted at steering Nigeria to glory at the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals.
Planked on prioritizing the welfare of youth footballers,
partnering with schools to identify genuine talents and nurture them, setting
code of conduct for coaches, players and officials involved in the program, the
plan also will involve issuing guidelines for operations of football academies,
an identification scheme that will eradicate age cheating through monitoring,
and creating and widening football platform to continuously identify talented
players from age grade League and school competitions.
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Director General of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Ayo
Agbesanwa hailed the plan, saying that the Lagos State Government will key into
the vision as it tallies with the administration’s objective of getting the
youth off the streets and productively engaged. He called the plan a worthy
Chief economist of Zenith Bank PLC, Marcel Okeke, who
represented the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Peter Amangbo,
said the plan is in sync with the bank’s youth empowerment program, and that
his organization will give its full support to NFF’s programs because it is
enamoured by the Board’s demonstrated virtues of transparency, accountability,
integrity and professionalism. He called the plan “a new vista in football
Akinwunmi was supported at the event by NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC
chairman Shehu Dikko, who represented NFF President Amaju Pinnick, NFF Board
members Emeka Inyama, Ahmad Kawu and Sharif Inuwa, NFF Deputy General Secretary
Emmanuel Ikpeme (who stood in for the General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi). There
were also members of the NFF Youth Football Development Committee.