Anambra State Football Association is set to introduce the ‘1 Family-1 Footballer’ competition and revolutionize football in the state by introducing programmes which seeks to foster grassroots football.
Led by the newly elected Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah , the association has unveiled a blue print towards fast-tracking the transformation of the game in the state.
The highly anticipated “Football Made in Anambra,” themed; “1 family-1 footballer” competition, will involve participants from over 50,000 families in Anambra State and in Diaspora.
The competition aims to identify and nuture one footballer from every family in a fiesta that will be hosted in every community for a period of two weeks with lots of giveaway prizes including over 50,000 branded footballs and jerseys for participants and their families.
It sets out to discover young and budding talents whose talents will be harnessed by the best hands in the country in an academy to be set up by the association.
The programme is billed to attract legends from within and outside the shores of Nigeria as the association looks to completely change the face of football in Anambra state.
The association also resolved to introduce series of programmes which includes ‘Football Made in Anambra’, ‘Anambra State Unity Cup’ as well as focus on the training and retraining of state football coaches, referees and administrators by renowned instructors from across the country.
Chairman of the association, Dr. Ubah while addressing pressmen pointed out that the massive Games village coming up in Nnewi with over six football pitches will be a turning point towards attaining the glory that Anambra lost over the years.
He further explained that the use of the pitches will be split into three categories, two pitches for children between the ages of 6 and 12, two other pitches for children/youths between the ages of 13 and 20 and the last two pitches will be used to harness amateur footballers.
All these programmes, according to the Chairman will be complemented by a Football Academy and School which would kick off soonest.
Dr. Ubah is optimistic that under his watch, Anambra state stands a great chance of producing at least five Messis and Ronaldos within the next five years. He further declared that his target is to ensure that football tourism grows to be the biggest contributor to Anambra State’s Internally Generated Revenue.
The Chairman appreciated the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano for his promise and determination to support the association and its programmes aimed at revolutionizing football in the state.