SIXTEEN football academies registered in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will compete for the first FCT Football Academies Championship, which begins Saturday in Abuja.
Speaking at a press briefing on the championship Thursday in Abuja, initiator of the weeklong event, Comrade Bishop Emmanuel Amakiri, said he decided to involve his organisation, The Nigeria Youth Movement For Peace, Empowerment and Transformation (NIMPET), in the sponsorship of the football championship to raise the hope of Nigerian youths, adding that the championship would help raise more football talents in the country.
Amakiri, who said that registration for the championship was free, added that the local organising committee of the football tournament has insisted that only those football academies duly registered with both the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and FCT Football Association, are allowed to take part in the championship.
The initiator, who is also the proprietor of Amakson Soccer Academy in Abuja, said, “we want to through this championship, which will become a yearly event, make the few Nigerian youths taking part in it know that they are in a society where there is hope for the young ones.
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