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YSFON Hails Airtel On Grassroots Football Dev.

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has commended Airtel Nigeria, for its commitment towards the development of grassroots football through the Rising Stars (ARS) U17 tournament.

Speaking at the recently concluded ARS Regional Championship held in Abuja, the National Organising Secretary of YSFON, Abdulrazak Usman, noted that the tournament has improved over the years.

In his words: “All the participants, over the years are selected based on skills and qualification. The youth of this great country are greatly talented and they need a platform like this one provided by Airtel to express their talent.

The company is engaging them meaningfully and these kids are using their energy and skills positively.  This is a very commendable way to curb vices.”

Usman, who was involved in both the screening exercise and coordination of the matches, expressed optimism that the talent from the tournament have enough potential to become professional footballers in the near future.

“No doubt fresh talents will be discovered at this championship and we are optimistic that they will move up to professional football because these boys and girls look forward to the competition every year. Before this year’s edition started, they have been coming to make enquiries about it. Their belief in this championship is very strong that is why they have been turning out in large number to participate,” he noted.

The male team from Benue State and the female team from Plateau State emerged winners of the North Regional Championships and will represent the North Region at the National Finals of Airtel Rising Star Season 5 slated to hold in Lagos.v