A Former Nigerian Super Eagles chief coach, Christian Chukwu has been selected to lead the committee in charge of the All Progressives Congress, APC talent hunt football competition.
The competition is tagged ‘‘National Unity Cup Football Competition’’ and it involves non-league players in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
While inaugurating the committee at the headquarters of Nigeria’s governing party, the APC, the party’s National Youth Leader, Mr. Dasuki Ibrahim Jalo, said that the competition, scheduled for next month July is part of the APC’s mandate to initiate and implement strategic programs that would endear the party to Nigerian youths.
“This competition would bring out hidden talents in the field of football which can be showcased to the world for future benefits to individual and the Nation at large. It also has ability to develop individual, physical, mental thinking and emotions. The competition would be between states of the federation and be played at the six geo-political zones with two teams emerging from each zone to play the semi finals and finals in Abuja,” Jalo said.
He also explained that while league players will not be part of the competition since it is a talent hunt, the kickoff date, the modus operandi, competition format, price rewards among other things would be resolved by the committee.
“I would seize this singular opportunity to call on the leaders of our party especially the state chairmen and their governors to support this initiative for the benefit of the party and our teaming youths in various states and Local Government Areas especially the Sports lovers,” he appealed.
Chukwu, who was represented by former Super Eagles assistant coach, James Peters, commended the APC for the initiative, assuring the party that the competition will produce abundant talents to feed the national teams.
“Today’s event marks the high point of several months of hard work and consultations to ensure the plan to stage the first edition of the APC National Unity Cup Football Championship is successful.
“The Governing Party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) in partnership with Allsports and Games Consult (AGC) has packaged this Talent Hunt programme for Youth Development and Empowerment through sports.
“This is an open age competition for male footballers only. Preliminary stages begin from the states to zones and at the National level. However, players in the NPFL and NNFLs are exempted. It is a nationwide tournament attracting winning prizes, consolation prizes and career progression package for exceptional talent to be discovered”.
He concluded with;“All sports ‘N’ Games Consult with vast experience in the field of sports has a National Duty to work with the governing party in the National Unity Cup Programme targeted at the youths populace for Development and Empowerment through sports.”