The FCT Permanent Secretary Under13 football competition will kick off on Thursday, February 27, 2018, the FCT Sports Council has disclosed.
According to the FCT Director of Sports, Chief MrsDilichukwuOnyedinma, the FCT Sports Council in collaboration with the FA are organizing the competition to discover talents in the grassroots and also as a means of encouraging the kids to embrace sports early particularly in their formative years.
Speaking to journalists after holding a meeting with the sports officers of the six area councils at the FCT Sports Department office on Thursday, Chief Dilichukwu further explained that the FCT Sports Council have gotten approval from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to go ahead with the competition in view of its importance to the development of football in the country.
“The Permanent Secretary Under13 Competition is aimed at grassroots football development not just in the FCT but for the country at large. We had a meeting with the area council sports officers on the organisation of the Under13 football competition that is coming up later this month. These area council sports officers are our eyes in the Area Councils and we liaise with them whenever we want to work with the Area Councils. So there is need for us to call them for a meeting and brief them on what is on ground and what is expected of them.
“FCT Sport Department is the driving force for the competition. We got the approval from the Minister and Permanent Secretary. Their approval is already on ground so it is not like we don’t have sponsors. The FCT administration is sponsoring it and the approval is there and they are very responsive to what is happening. We are the ones that are providing the funds used to organise the programmes.
Also speaking, the FCT FA Chairman, Alhaji Musa Talle, said that the meeting was all about football development in the FCT. The chairman, who said that the FA used the meeting to thank the Director of FCT Sports for her steadfastness in supporting the FA’s programmes, said that the area councils have been given financial incentives as well as footballs, jerseys and stockings in order to motivate them ahead of the competition.
“The FCT FA felt, in our normal tradition, that there is the need for us to bring in another competition for the Under 13. We call it Permanent Secretary Under13 competition. The competition is starting on the 27th of this month and end on 3rd March.
“We also used the meeting to appreciate the Director of Sports for her usual cooperation she has been giving to the FA. Each time we call on her, she always answers us. When we briefed her about the competition, she accepted it and promised to help in seeing its success.
“We gave the area councils sports officers incentive to motivate them. we bought some sets of jerseys and other sports kits like football and sucks to assist them in this competition. We also gave them some financial assistant so that they can go into all the various wards in the councils because they need to bring the kids in all the nooks and crannies of the FCT to the competition. We need to assist them financially for them to be able to carry out the work.
“We have various committees set aside that will monitor the competition to make sure it is being done according to plan. We know that we always achieve success when we target a particular competition but we don’t relent and that is why we involve capable hands so that we can improve more on the organisational plan. The various committees are in place to see to the success of the competition.
“This competition is for the Area Councils. We have various age competitions. We are all aware that apart from the Principals Cup Competition, we have Under 15 Competition. The Principals Cup is only for the boys but this year we intend to include the girls as well. We also have our league that is due to commence soon, not forgetting the Challenge Cup competitions and others that will come subsequently, the chairman explained.
The FCT Permanent Secretary Under13 competition will kick off on 27th of this month with the semi-finals schedule to hold on 1st March and the final on 3rd.
The finals will be for six teams with the local competitions taking place at the Area Council levels. The winner of each area council competition will come and represent each area council for the best of the bests.
According to the semi-final fixtures released after the meeting, Gwagwalada Area Council will take on Kwali Area Council in the first semi-final play-off match. Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, will tackle Kuje Area Council in the second semi-final play-off. The winner of the match between Gwagwalada and Kwali will meet Abaji Area Council in the first semi-final on March 1st while the winner of the match between AMAC and Kuje in the second semi-final play-off will meet Bwari Area Council for the second semi-final match same March 1st.