All is set for the commencement of Honorable Gambo Abdullahi Accro football scouting tournament in Kaduna.
The tournament, which will take place at Kotoko Barracks, Ribadu Cantonment, NDA Kaduna, is aimed at identifying talented youth footballers with the potentials of reaching the peak of the game.
Speaking on the tournament, a prominent coach, who is the chairman of the tournament’s Local Organising Committee (LOC), Muhammad DK, popularly known as Coach DK, said the aim is to create enabling environment for young footballers from streets to attain their full potentials.
“You know we have a lot of good players locally playing on the streets. But lack of this kind of tournaments discourages and kill their dreams and potentials. You will see a very good player, but does not know where or who he will approach for help.
“You will ask a youth player on the street where he will like to play in the future, he will tell you that he wants to play for Real Madrid or Manchester United, but he does not know where to start from.
“So, many talents are being wasted on the street. Some started very good but lack of good coaches and managers forced them to drop out of the game.
“We therefore, want to change the narrative. We want to raise local players from streets to help them improve their playing styles, their thinking and approach to the game.
“The main aim is to start with our immediate environment, Hayin Baki, NDA Barracks and Kawo all in Kaduna North Local Government of Kaduna state.”
The tournament is slated to take place between Saturday 28th January to 26th January at Army Children School Cantonment D football pitch.