Mohammed Mukhtar, Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Football Association (FA), on Wednesday in Abuja reiterated his commitment to developing football at the grassroots in the FCT.
Mukhtar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the FCT FA had already embarked on some programmes aimed at developing football at the grassroots level.
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“We are on course and we have embarked on a number of football development programmes as promised when we were inaugurated.
“We have just concluded the FCT U-15 Inter-Council Football Tournament.
“I announced at the closing ceremony that I will award 15 coaches drawn from the area councils scholarship and they will proceed on the course in October.
“We also recently organised a coaching clinic and health and wellness training for coaches in the FCT.
“We have a similar programme penciled down for referees, which we will carry out soon, and we also intend to recruit more referees as part of our grassroots development plan,” he said.
NAN reports that the former vice chairman of the FCT FA, who in June emerged chairman having defeated the then incumbent Musa Talle, had promised grassroots football development as his cardinal objective.
Two FCT clubs recently crashed out of the Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 4 tournament. NAF Football Club were eliminated by Jigawa Golden Stars of Hadeija, while Adamawa United sent FRSC Football Club packing.
Mukhtar, who is also the president of Heart Football Club, told NAN that henceforth clubs in the FCT vying for national glory would be rendered some kind of support.
“The outcome of the NNL Super 4 playoffs was decided on the pitch, so unfortunately it just wasn’t their victories.
“As you know, we are not in control of the internal workings of such clubs and we don’t run them but what we can do is to provide support for them to succeed at national tournaments.
“I have discussed it with my team and we have decided to set up a committee to liaise with FCT-based clubs so that they can compete favourably during national tournaments,” he said. (NAN)
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