Stories by Albert Akota
The head of Technical Committee, FCT Football Association, Samuel Abimbola has expressed optimism that the FCT football team will pick the ticket to represent the North Central zone at the playoff in Kwara.
The former national U-20 coach who spoke in an interview said that with the calibre of players the team have in camp, he remained confident that they will do well in Kwara.
The former Gateway United coach who spoke after the team played a friendly with Road Safety FC in Abuja over the weekend said that although the playoff will not be an easy task but maintained that the FCT team will be ready for their opponents when hostilities start in Kwara on January 20th.
“The boys just resumed camp on Tuesday and this (The match against Road safety on Saturday) is their third match so far. They played 3 matches, won 2 and lost one. And with what we saw, football is not mathematics and I believe that by the time the coaches begin to work on them, they are going to represent FCT very well in the zonal playoff.
“The matches they played are not yardsticks but they are good indicators that a lot of promising players are there and we are optimistic of picking the ticking in Kwara. The attack is sharp. The midfield needs a little fluidity so that when the game gets tough, they should be compact and allow the defenders have a little bit of respite.
“I know coach Bala very well and by the time he starts teaching them properly, there will be more improvements. So far, so good.
“We started camping very late but that notwithstanding, we are making good use of the opportunities we have now. We have playoff on 20 and what the team have to do now is that between now and 16th of January, they will get better. It is a late preparation compared to what other states have done, but I believe that sometimes it is not how far but how well.
The zone which comprises states such as Niger, Nasarawa, Kwara, Benue, Plateau, Kogi and FCT will hold the competition to determine the states that will represent the zone at the 2020 NSF in Edo in the team sports.
The competition will feature 14 sports including team sporting events such as hockey, handball, volleyball, basketball, cricket, rugby, beach volleyball.
The elimination is expected to start on 20 of January 2020 while winners of the various sporting events will represent the zone at the 20th NSF tagged “Edo 2020.”
No fewer than 8,500 athletes are expected to participate in the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival NSF.
The festival scheduled to hold from March 22 to April 1 would see the athletes competing for 3,000 medals from 33 sports.
Athletes from the 36 states and the FCT are expected to participate in the festival, and the events will hold at 22 venues.