The leadership of Nigeria Football Federation has been commended for taking the bold step of going back to the grass roots in developing talents that led to the recent success recorded at FIFA U-17 World Cup in U.A.E.
These commendations were made by Enugu State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Chijioke Agu, while addressing participants at the 2013 Enugu state Football Association’ Annual General Assembly held recently at Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.
The youthful commissioner in his remarks said, “Let me commend the leadership of NFF for taking the bold step of going back to the grass roots to discover talents. I make bold to say that it is this move that was greatly responsible for our emerging victorious at the last FIFA U-17 World cup. I hope they continue in that stead.”
He further stated, “We in Enugu state government are poised to reactivate the secondary school academicals football competition to have enough reservoirs of talents to feed our clubs.
Hon. Agu called on Enugu F.A to support Rangers to excel in its quest to becoming continental champions in the coming season while hoping to see more international matches played inside the recently Enugu state re-acquired Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium.
Speaking at the occasion, chairman of Enugu state Football Association, Chidi Ofo Okenwa, congratulated the national U-17 football team for emerging champions of 2013 FIFA World championship where some products of Enugu state greatly distinguished themselves.
He appealed to Enugu state government to assist the association in the areas of transport to reach all nook and crannies of the state to discover budding football talents that will make a good representation of the state and nation at large.