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Rufai wants more attention on grassroots football

24 April 2014, 16:12

Lagos - Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has urged the Lagos State Government and corporate organisations to support football at the grassroots to enable the sport thrive in the state.

“There is need for the government and corporate organisations to support and focus attention on football at the grassroots in order to discover new talents.”

“If such talents are groomed and exposed, they would make the nation proud in international events,’’Rufai said.

The former Super Eagles goalkeeper stressed the need to organise regular football competitions in all the local government areas of the state to curtail the involvement of the youths in crimes and other vices.

“We need to introduce football to secondary schools; we have boys and girls who can build career in the sport and become world champions,” he said.

He commended the organisers of the Milo U-13 football competition for organising the event to discover and develop new talent.

Rufai appealed to the authorities to upgrade and provide modern facilities that would enable local athletes compete favourable with their foreign counterparts.

He advised the youths to build career in football and stay away from criminal acts that could have negative impact on their future.

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