As part of effort by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to catch them young, it representative, Ex-Super Eagles star, Garba Lawal yesterday, stormed the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, in Abuja, venue of the ongoing regional Airtel Rising Stars, ARS talent hunt show with a call on the participant to maximse the opportunity steering on their faces.
No fewer than 2000 School Kids from part of Northern Nigeria trooped out en- mass to show case their talents for possible look in by the organizers, Airtel Telecommunications ahead of final showdown scheduled to take place in Lagos later this year.
Already, future stars are being discovered within participating teams as the football clinics winds off today.
Impressed by the fifth edition of ARS, which began on Thursday, Lawal who expressed confidence that such developmental programme would motivate young kids and bring out the best in them.
According to him, “This kind of grassroots programme is the way to go. I was part of it last year. These kids are enjoying the kind of opportunity we never enjoyed during our days. If this kind of talent hunt programme has been on since our days, Nigeria would have produced more than 30 Lionel Messi.
“It depends on the youngsters to maximise the privilege. You have to believe in yourself as an upcoming player. If any of them can remain focused, the sky is your limit. The most important thing now is discipline.
“The organisers are doing well but they can do more in subsequent editions. Others need to emulate Airtel and support this kind of initiative.”
Coach Elisha Magaji who led one of the Female teams at the event hailed the initiative but harped on the need to accommodate more teams in the region.

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