Abuja - Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Alhaji Sani
Lulu Abdullahi has insisted that for the country to sustain the successes
recorded at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, that genuine attention should be on the
development of the game at the grassroot level.
Lulu who was the President of the Federation from 2006-2010 said if the game is
properly developed at the grassroot level, with emphasis on those in the
primary and secondary schools, that the chances of the country winning the
senior World Cup in the nearest future becomes brighter.
According to Omachi Atah of Igala land who spoke in Anyigba, Kogi state at
the weekend, during the preliminaries of the 2015/2016 edition of the Kogi Zone
of the FOSLA U-13 Football Competition, “we are blessed with abundant of
talents at the grassroots, all we need is to put the necessary mercenaries
together to identify this talents and harness them properly, and the country
would be better for it in future.
“However, the people should be patient enough with the system, as such
programmes would take longer time to yield the needed positive results.”
He said that players selected at the Kogi Zone of FOSLA Academy Competition
would join others in Abuja later in the New Year to compete for the scholarship
programme of the Academy.
In the tournament which was played at the Kogi State University Mini Stadium
Anyigba, Idah and Omala Local Government Areas U-13 team qualified for the
final of the tournament to be played in Idah on January 1, 2016.
The Idah boys defeated Olamaboro LGA by four goals to one. Three of
the goals were scored by the great sensation of the tournament Phillip Gambo,
who scored nine goals in the two matches he played.
In the second match, Omala Local Government Area defeated Lokoja LGA by a lone
goal. The goal was scored by Mustapha Abdulkadiri.
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Meanwhile, 28 players have been selected for the final series and common
entrance examination of the school holding in Abuja next year.
The breakdown shows that 8 players made it from Bassa LGA, they are Felix
Talle, Joseph Shugaba, Wisdom Talle, Akowe Friday, Emmanuel Abimaje, Mustapha
Yakubu and Sule Haurna.
Dekina LGA will provide Alhani Sani, Hussani Musa, Victor and Mustapha Idris.
Omala LGA will provide Mustapha Abdulkadiri, Eikun, Salisu Danjuma, Meshack
Momoh, Samuel Abdul and Eikwu.
From Ibaji, there is Isah , while Idah have Mustapha Musa, Philip Gambo, Bigman
Amana, Sunday James. Olamoboro LGA have Peter Joseph, Agabi Destinyand Danujma
Musa. While Isah Ismaila and Suleiman Mohammed are from Lokoja LGA.
Two girls Wusikat Abdulhassan and Usman Sumaya were identified for possible
admission into the FOSLA Academy in the next academic session.
Results of the other matches played at the one day tournament includes:
Dekina 2-1 Ibaji
Ofu 0-2 Olamaboro
Igalamela 1-5 Bassa
Lokoja 3-0 Ankpa
Idah 6-1 Dekina
Omala 4-0 Bassa