Mr Luo Jun, Deputy Director-General of Guandong Foreign Affairs Office, China, on Monday announced the Provincial Government’s plan to begin to hire young Nigerian sports talents.

Luo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Guangzhuo, China, that the government would encourage local sports club in the province to begin to hire young sportsmen and women from Nigeria.

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The Guandgong’s government official also said that it was imperative for the province, China and Nigeria to also foster their relationships through exchange of talented persons.

“Guandong used to be the strongest Chinese province in soccer, but we are now one of the strongest.

“We strongly believe that promoting sporting activities in our province will need talented young men and women.

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“We have always been hiring soccer players from other African countries.

“But we now want to be hiring interested talented young Nigerians to raise performances of our clubs locally and internationally,’’ he said.

Luo said that such Nigerians would be made to represent the province clubs in field and track events, basketball, swimming, football, gymnastics and other sports.

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He expressed optimism that the inclusion of Nigerians in the clubs would reposition the province among other countries, as well as make the hired Nigerians ambassadors of their country internationally.

The deputy director-general said that the government would continue to give priority to issues of local and international sports development.