No fewer than 32 teams based in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja will as from this weekend begin a fresh battle to be crowned champions when 2015 edition of six-aside football tournament kicks off at Area One playground, officials have disclosed.
The competition which is in its 4th edition would feature most of the well-established sides, including Siaone Football Academy, Abuja Football College and defending champions from Garki 2 in a weeklong event packaged by Quest Sports in collaboration with FCT Football Association.
Making this known to Nigerian Pilot Sports in Abuja, one of the organisers, Conan Orisariwe, said the grassroots championship was aimed at discovering raw talents from the territory who would subsequently do the country proud in the future.
Orisariwe, however, recalled that the competition in the past had thrown up surprises with winners carting away big prizes just as most valuable players got chance of advancing career outside the shores of Nigeria.
According to him, “The idea behind this is for us to be able to identify local talents and help them enhance their performance and also get opportunity to play at the highest level.
“What we expect this year is passionate, quality and top class football. We have been able to create a platform whereby players will be able to improve themselves and make something out of themselves. There is a lot to gain in this competition; we have a lot of agents and scouts coming on board this time around.
On his part, Gabriel Aneh who is also part of the organizing body remarked: “We are looking for the most valuable player who likely get a scholarship as well get to be invited for trials in Europe.
“We believe in development of football from grassroots level and it’s something that we hold dearly and that is why we are determined to give the young ones chance to prove themselves.
I’m sure this tournament will produce great players that will go on and represent Nigeria and make us proud. Six-aside style of play is the most tactical kind of football which enables you to see exactly what a player can do with the ball.”
Ex-international, John Fashnu, who was also present to boost the morale of intending players, promised to take outstanding players to Europe apart from cash donation to the most valuable player.

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