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Sports Minister Says Football Academies Will Be Regulated

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has assured that a new Sports Industry Policy will soon be approved with Sports Academies playing key role in talent discovery.

Dare made this assertion when he hosted winners of the maiden edition of the National Principal’s Cup, Fosla Academy,  in Abuja. The Minister congratulated the students, staff of FOSLA academy, as well as their proprietor Sani Lulu Abdullahi for emerging champions of the revived competition.

“I want to thank you for investing in these young ones and I also want to recommend upfront to other Nigerians be it individuals or organisations to see what you are doing now as a model,” Dare said.

“The future of our sports development will only be possible in a dynamic form with partnerships between government and private sector”

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Sports Minister Sunday Dare (R) with proprietor of FOSLA Academy, Sani Lulu Abdullahin (L)

He reiterated that President Mohammadu  Buhari has asked that the NFF under the supervision of the Ministry, should produce a 10 year football master plan.

“Perhaps the biggest thing we should expect is the Nigerian Sports Industry Policy that  has business model embedded in it,” Dare added. “Sport is now business in this country, Academies like yours will get the opportunity to develop their infrastructure so that more talents can be discovered and nurtured.”

“Let me congratulate you very specially on your victory at the National Principal’s Cup. When I presented the cup to you I saw the excitement. I was amazed at some of the skills displayed on the pitch of play. Our work at the Ministry is to hunt for sporting talents and  to also partner with institutions like FOSLA Academy who are in the same business of hunting for talents and developing them”

The Minister said because of the experience the Ministry had in bringing back the Principal’s Cup which is now renamed  National Principal’s Cup, in another 45 days, the next edition of the competition will comnence on a much larger scale with more schools participating.

“The Power of sports like Mandela said  is to Unite and promotes peace in the world,” Dare said. “This  cannot be understated. I’m glad that you are involved in sports and we hope some of the young players from the Academy will become the bright stars in Nigeria’s football family.”

In his response, the Proprietor of Fosla Academy Sanni Lulu Abdullahi thanked the Honourable Minister for his vision and hardwork that has helped revive the Principal’s  Cup.

“FOSLA Academy is a product of hardwork and consistency. The victory in the National Principal’s Cup is a dream come true and we are very grateful  for the opportunity  to expose our young talents. I’m personally  grateful,” Lulu Abdullahi concluded.

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