From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday inaugurated a talent hunt football tournament committee headed by former Super Eagles chief coach, Christian Chukwu tagged National Unity Cup Football Competition involving non-league players in the six geo-political zones.
Inaugurating the committee at the headquarters of the ruling party in Abuja yesterday, APC National Youth Leader, Dasuki Ibrahim Jalo, said the tournament, scheduled for next month, July is part of the party’s move to initiate and implement strategic programs that would endear the party to Nigerian youths.
In hiswords: “This competition would bring out hidden talents in football which can be showcased to the world for future benefits to the individuals and the nation at large.”
Jalo further disclosed that while league players would not be part of the competition since it is a talent hunt, the kickoff date, the modus operandi, competition format, the 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 LGAs especially the Sports lovers.”
National coordinator of the competition, Chairman Christian Chukwu, who was represented by former Super Eagles assistant coach, James Peters, commended the ruling party of the initiative, assuring that the competition will produce talents to feed the national teams.
Tagging the tournament as a rescue mission, Chukwu through his written speech, said: “The inauguration of the national organising committee, unveiling of Chairmanship trophy and presentation of branded football for the APC National Unity Cup Tournament marks the high point of several months of hard work and consultations to ensure the plan to stage the first edition of the championship is successful.