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By Amb. Izuchukwu Adichie.

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung is optimistic that Nigeria can become a global force in football and ultimately win the FIFA Men’s World Cup if football stakeholders can emulate the Anambra State Football Association’s  Chairman, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah

In a statement signed and released by his SA Media Nneka Nkem, on Monday 16th July, 2018, the Minister commended the project and urged all stakeholders to emulate and support the wonderful project.

Drawing inspiration from the World Cup success of the young French team that won the just concluded tournament hosted by Russia on Sunday, Dalung said the 1 Family 1 Footballer (1F1F ) project through the Africa Football Revolution Initiative recently launched by Dr. Ubah is the fastest route to unearth raw talents and nurture them to global stardom.

“We have so many talents that can be the future George Weah, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Abedi Pele,  Mikel Obi, Nwankwo Kanu, Pierre Aubemayang and Mohammed Salah if given the opportunity.

“When I heard about the initiative, I became so excited because finally, our young ones have hope of a better future through this great initiative already endorsed by FIFA and CAF.”

Barrister Dalung congratulated and thanked the business mogul who donated one million footballs to African children and has continued to invest heavily in  sports for the next generation , through football,  for his consistent and unwavering faith in Nigerian youths and recently the African continent.

The Minister said initiatives like these will not only provide the needed opportunity for the African child, but will provide a platform for their talents to be harnessed and exported to the world.

“History of more than half of the players who won the trophy for France have been traced back to Africa. Families of these players moved away from Africa in search of better living conditions and the enabling environment to succeed which France readily provided.

“If we get our acts right, who says Nigeria or a country from Africa cannot challenge for the World Cup in the next 4 to 8 years after Ghana came close in 2014 in South Africa?” Dalung queried.

He enjoined other well meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations to partner with governments at all levels and laudable initiatives such as this to build a country that Nigerians home and abroad will be proud of.

The Africa Football Revolution Initiative  Project - 1 Family 1 Footballer  was unveiled on Saturday, 14th July, 2018 in Moscow with the leadership of FIFA, CAF and Presidents of some Football Associations in attendance.

The Project is expected to produce one million football stars.


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