The Kebbi State Government in collaboration with a Portuguese agency, Break Management Agency of Portugal, is planning to establish a Football Academy in Kebbi to scout for local talents.
Alhaji Abubakar Chika-Ladan, the Chairman, Kebbi State Football Association (FA), disclosed this during a stakeholders’ meeting on sports held Birinin Kebbi on Monday.
Chika-Ladan said the Break Management Agency of Portugal, which has the capacity to recruit and send players to any European club in the world, was invited for the programme.
He further explained that the Portugese Ambassador to Nigeria “is billed to visit Kebbi State when the academy will kick off”.
The FA Chairman said the essence of the meeting was to listen to stakeholders’ contributions on the way forward for the smooth establishment of the academy.
While commending Gov. Abubakar Atiku-Bagudu of Kebbi State for his love and passion for sports development in the state, Chika-Ladan also said: “The governor’s wish is to see nothing less than six players in the national team after the academy fully take-off.
“The foreign agency invited to the state are the same agency that discovered Christiano Ronaldo and made him a popular footballer across the world.”
Contributing, the state Commissioner for Sports, Alhaji Aliyu Gidado-Kaliel, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Shuaibu Aliero, appreciated the sports stakeholders for attending the meeting and giving it the desired attention.
The commissioner appealed to them to put all hands on deck through collective efforts and contributions that would culminate to the success of the exercise.
Responding, the representative of Break Management Agency, Mr Fedro Batista, assured the stakeholders that the agency would give technical and other support towards the establishment of the academy.
Batista noted that the agency specialised in scouting young talents in football and facilitate their move to European clubs.
He assured the readiness of the agency to welcome suggestions or advices that would pave way for successful establishment of the academy.