Worried by the sudden dearth of football in the country, the Managing Director of BASALT Oil & Gas Limited, Mr. Stanley Afamefuna Okafor has organized Primary Schools Football competition for 55 schools in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Mr. Stanley Okafor who was speaking to Sports Writers weekend at Ezemu Girls Grammer School, Ubulu-Uku during the official kick-off of the football competition said he intended to discover young talents at the grassroots that will go into football academy where people can play football and at the same time go to school so as to groom the pupils to play like Arsenal, Chelsea, because of their good football programme.
According to Okafor, What I want to achieve is to discover young talents, because when you watch our football these days, here in Nigeria, with what is going on now, our football is going down. You can remember those days when all schools were participating in Inter-house sports yearly. But because of the advent of private schools, you hardly see such competition any more because private schools do not have any pitch, may be, to be used.
BASALT MD charged the participating teams to put in their effort as the three winning schools will go home with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes at the end of the competition. “ I expect all the game masters of the participating primary schools to ensure that their pupils are well trained for the competition because it is not proper for them to just play football and go home at the end of the day without any prize“, he stressed.
On what informed his idea to start the grassroots sports, the BASALT boss disclosed that he participated in grassroots football in his primary and secondary school days, adding “ironically, all my life as a youth, I played football and developed the game in me”.
“But this football competition is designed for public primary schools first, but in the next edition, I am going to involve those in private schools that have facilities in their schools”, he opined.
On if he intends to expand this football competition in future or any plan to sustain it, he averred that he would make the competition a yearly event for all the primary schools in Aniocha South Local Government Area first, explaining “may be later on, I can now move to all the schools in Anioma which comprises of Ika, Aniocha, Ukwuani, Obiaruku, Oshimili, Ndokwa“.
“But for this year, I want to concentrate on Aniocha South. After this one, I intend to move to all the Secondary Schools also, because Secondary Schools are part of the grassroots“, he stated.

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