From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Nasarawa State government has restated its commitment to partner both national and international football organisations, aimed at discovering and developing the sporting potentials in the state.
The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Lucky Isaac-Yargwa, stated this last Thursday when he declared open a three-day football scouting programme put together by SAJEWA Football Club and JAF Sport Club, held in Agwatashi, Obi Local Government Areas of the state.
According to him, the talent hunt was in line with the policy of Governor Abdullahi Sule for youths in the state to be meaningfully engaged, in order to contribute to the growth and development of the society.
“This programme and our foreign guests are an indication that our State is not only peaceful but the right destination to invest in.
“We are proud of the brains behind this initiative, and I wish to categorically say that the state government will support them in whatever way to add to the development of our youth.
“Opportunities like this used to elude us, but we are glad that we are having it right at our doorsteps today,” he said.
He, therefore, called on participants to be disciplined, committed, focused and pay adequate attention to the instructions of the scouts and their coaches, in order to be selected.
Also speaking, one of the sponsors of the programme and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SAJEWA FC, Agyo Ismaila Ewa said, the idea was to hunt for talented youths, who are roaming the streets with a few or no one to assist them discover their God given talents.
“Today, football has become a money-spinning business, so, that gave me the zeal to set up my own football club to see how I can harness those battalion of talents and nurture them to become global champions in football.
“Generally, I am obsessed with talent and human resource development. This is my own way of giving back to the society that made me, and to also support the giant strides of Governor Abdullahi Sule in the area of youth and sports in Nasarawa State,” he said.
He said the programme was the second his players will be participating in the year, saying about six of his players were picked during the first programme, and are currently ongoing trials.
Another, the CEO of JAF FC, Daniel Favour Joshua, represented by the Team Manager, Ayaya Michael, revealed that the rationale behind staging the scouting programme was to assist youths, as well as the state government to both hunt and nurture the abundance of talent in football.
On his part, one of the scouts, Wahib Bensaou, CEO of FC Frankfurt City in Germany, said: “We are here in Nigeria, particularly, Nasarawa State, hoping to see a lot of good talents for the European football market.
“This is my second time in Africa. I was in Ghana before, but Nigeria is the biggest country in Africa, more than 200 million people are living here, and there is a lot of talent here.
“So, all of Europe, including my colleagues here, Andrei Dotsenko from Russia and Ozan Isitir from The Netherlands, know that a lot of good players come from Nigeria, and that is what we are trying to follow,” he said.
The Voice reports that more than 300 budding talents drawn from over 30 teams within North-Central Nigeria, as well as Cross River and Adamawa States, will be displaying their potentials for the foreign scouts and agents from Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands to select.
The Voice also reports that participating teams were SAJEWA FC, JAF Sports Club, Onyibe FC, Greater Tomorrow FC, Destiny Football Academy, Olosho FC, Ugwu FC, Amor FC, Discovery FC, Obi United FC, Doctor Football Academy, Tent Football Academy, Plateau Peace Football Academy, and Luti FC.