Former NFF President Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi has awarded academic scholarship to 14 student players to continue their academic pursuit at FOSLA Academy Karshi Abuja next academic session.
The scholarship award which is worth N101.5million will see the players continuing their education at the Academy while playing their football. The recipients who were selected from FCT and Kogi State comprised of 10 boys and 4 girls. They include: Mustapha Abdulkarim (Omala LGA, Kogi State), Abdul Samuel (Omala LGA, Kogi State), Abdulazeez Yakubu ( Olamaboro LGA, Kogi State), Mustapha Idris (Dekina LGA, Kogi State), Felix Talle (Bassa LGA, Kogi State), Hamza Yakubu (AMAC, FCT), Emmanuel Ini-Obong (AMAC, FCT), Ogbelu Oguche (AMAC, FCT), Muhammed Usman (Karshi, FCT), Awolola Emmanuel (Kwali, FCT). The girls selected are Wosilatu Alhassan (Dekina LGA, Kogi State), Sumaya Usman (Dekina LGA, Kogi State), Peace Peter (Gwagwalada, FCT) and Janet Bawa (AMAC, FCT).
Addressing the successful players and their parents, Lulu who was a former Director of Sports in FCT said the scholarship award worth N725,000.00 per student for a session. He said that the Academy would cater for the students up to their terriary level. He advised them to ensure that they combine both their education and football effectively, as the School would not accept any decline in any of them. He implored them to be discipline and ensure that they use the opportunity to empower themselves positively, and better the lots of their families “you know the rigours you have gone through to be selected, among the thousands that participated in the selection processes. You should count yourselves lucky, and always be prayerful in all your doings”. Lulu also challenged the parents to ensure that they monitor the progress of the children at every point, and ensure they give relevant advice at every point.
The recipients were selected from a football competition that was organized for students in primary 6 in Kogi East of Kogi State, and the six Area Councils of FCT. They also participated in the Academy’s common entrance examination before the final selctions were made.
The first set of FOSLA Academy students would be writing the Senior Secondary School Examinations next academic session. They were champions of the FCT 2015 Principals Cup and played up to the finals of the 2016 NNPC/Shell sponsored All Nigerian Secondary Schools Football Competition. The Junior Secondary School boys played up to the semi finals of the 2016 COPA/Cocacola U-15 Football Competition and won the bronze.

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