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APFAN, Berackiah international sign pact for Nigeria Football Academies Championship

By Alex Monye 
10 December 2022   |   3:11 am
A Nationwide football competition for youths, tagged, Nigeria Football Academies Championship, will hold in April, next year, across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Dr. Francis Akinremi.

A Nationwide football competition for youths, tagged, Nigeria Football Academies Championship, will hold in April, next year, across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

This follows a recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the competition agreed by the promoters of the championship, Berackiah International, a sports consulting/marketing firm and the Association of Proprietors of Football Academies of Nigeria (APFAN), in Lagos.

Speaking on the championship, APFAN President, Dr Francis Akinremi, said the organisation decided to partner with the football marketing firm to give more academies opportunity to play in the competition.

Akinremi added that getting more sponsors to contribute to the development of grassroots football development would help the country unearth more new talents.

“APFAN has organised many football championships that have produced talents in the country over the years. Example of one of our products, among many players, is Super Eagles current striker, Victor Osimhen.

“The association decided to get sponsors to raise its profile.

“Our focus is to see that more football talents are discovered at the grassroots,” he said.

Speaking on the MoU, CEO of Berackiah International, Wonders Nwigwe, said his organisation is delighted in working with APFAN to develop grassroots football in Nigeria.

“We have partners in Europe and U.S. Berakiah International is ready to push the football academies championship to enviable height.

“The MOU signing has brought a new dimension to the development of football academies tourney. Sponsoring the championship will help bring more glamour to the football event.

“From April next year, the yearly Nigeria Football Academies Championship will kick off in six geopolitical zones of the country, The teams that make the first and second positions from each zone will qualify for the grand finale, which will hold either in Abuja or Lagos State.

“The victorious academy at the end of the championship will have opportunity to travel to the U.S. or any other part of the world to get international exposure and also scouts would be able to watch them and pick the best players among them.

“In the nearest future, getting talents to play for Nigeria at any level of the national teams would not be a problem,” he said.