NFF To Establish FIFA Goal Project At Nsulu Games Village

July 29 20:21 2021


Emmanuel Chukwuma Moses

Abakaliki has scooped that the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans to establish the next phase of the FIFA Goal project at the Nsulu Games Village in Isiala-Ngwa-North LGA of Abia State

According to a source who spoke to on a condition of anonymity, the NFF President has held discussions with Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu on the project.

The source which is close to the two parties said all arrangements have been concluded to develop the facilities abandoned at the Games Village to the betterment of the youths in the South East. “As you know, we now have the FIFA goal project facilities in virtually all the geopolitical zones, that of the South East will be established at the Nsulu Games Village in Abia State, and that will go a long way in developing the talents that are abound in the geopolitical zone ” our source said

Nsulu Games Village was built as a training centre during Ukpabi Asika regime when he was civilian administrator of the defunct East Central State. It used to be the camping centre for Spartans Football Club of Owerri in the old Imo State. It later became the camp for Enyimba Football Club.

The Village may have last been renovated by the first executive governor of Abia State, Ogbonnaya Onu. It served as camp for Abia State contingents to different national competitions. It later served as the Abia State National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp till mid-2000s when they built the state’s NYSC permanent camp.

During the reign of kidnapping in the Abia State, the centre became a choice-location for soldiers sent to engage the kidnappers as the Nigerian Army used it as mini-barracks. The Army only vacated in 2016.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is said to be excited with this proposal of the NFF, as this will allow his sporting imagination run wild with the grassroots.

The Games Village has the capacity for about 12,000 athletes in hostel-like accommodation. It has facilities for Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach-Volleyball, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Kick-Boxing, Kung-Fu, Lawn Tennis, Polo, Rugby, Scrabble, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Para-Athletics, Para-Power-lifting, Para-Table Tennis, among others.

Governor is said to be very keen and may support with logistics for the take off, as the administration intends to harness the potentials in sports by developing the sector to provide gainful employment for the youths.

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