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All set for Jude Gbaboyor Football Academy Championship

By Friday Onothoja

In what now confirms a consistent and aggressive talent scouting programme, the sleepy ijaw community of Isaba in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, will play host to a-three week competitive programme. 

The scouting programme, an initiative of the Jude Gbaboyor Football Academy, has attracted no fewer than fourteen (14) clubsides who have registered for participation. 

According to the founder and President of the Academy, Engr. Jude Akpodubakaye Gbaboyor, the initiative which has prize monies, trophies and medals as incentives, will go a long way in the Academy’s quest to entrenching a sustainable football culture among upcoming footballers.

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The championship hopes to attract scouts, both nationally and internationally to the Academy, which is now a breeding ground of young legs in the beautiful game.

Drawn in four grops( A -D), the opening ceremony is slated for Sunday, 11th June, 2023 and the grand finale fixed for 2nd July,2023 with personalities from all walks of life attending different segments.

Many veteran football administrators and pundits have described the programmes of the Jude Gbaboyor Football Academy as a break from the ugly past, where talented players are not sure of their career future.

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Barely coming on stream three months ago, the Jude Gbaboyor Football Academy, has given a new lease of life  to the teeming youths from the creeks of the Niger Delta. 

The President of the football Academy, an ex-militant and agitator from the region, said his decision to give back to the society was borne out of his passion to engage children of resource control crusaders who paid the supreme prize in the course of the struggle. 

The Academy has up to 150 enrollees, all on scholarship, courtesy of the Founder and President, with a vision to discover, groom and nurture them into becoming global stars.

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The Academy, sources revealed, will use the championship to also prepare for the upcoming Division 2 playoffs of the NationWide League, organised by the Nigeria Football Federation. 

The Jude Gbaboyor Football Academy is gradually but painstakingly building itself into a reputable brand in the local and foreign scene.

It has become a beautiful bride to some scouts of high profile clubs in Turkey, Sweden, Italy and other parts of Europe.

As participating clubs warm up for the championship, Isaba Town is wearing a new look, as the young and old are in high spirits, awaiting the influx of a galaxy of visitors.

Mr Friday Onothoja, Executive Assistant to FIFA Council Member writes from Lagos

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