By Amaechi Agbo
Former NFF President and Proprietor of FOSLA Academy Karshi Abuja, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi over the weekend announced to the cheering students and management of the academy the successful provisional admission of 15 out of 19 students of the academy by the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
Alhaji Lulu further congratulated the pioneer students of the Academy who were recently offered admission into Nasarawa University Keffi to pursue various academic disciplines.
Lulu who expressed joy on the development said that the dream of establishing the Academy is gradually coming into fruition, and further revealed that the Academy would continue to sponsor the students until they complete their degree studies adding that “the concept of FOSLA Academy is to produce players who would excel in both academics and football.”
According to him, “Within the last six years, you have excelled in the game of football in the country , now you have also excelled in your academics by doing excellently well in your Senior Secondary School Examinations, and also gaining admission into the University. Now, I want to challenge you further to carry all the good attributes we have inculcated into you to the University, and also conquer in your various chosen academic disciplines, and University Sports. You are free to play for any club of your choice in the country, but always ensure that that will never jeopardize your academic pursuit. We are expecting you to come out with good grades at the end of your stay in the University “ the former FCT Director of Sports told the lucky students in a meeting at the weekend.
The Omachi Attah of Igaland warned that the Academy is ready to part ways with any of the students who tries to jeopardize his education for football, insisting that they must combine both effectively to secure a better future for themselves, their families and the country in general. He challenged the other students of the Academy to ensure that they surpass the achievements of the pioneer students both in academics and football. He finally called on other spirited individuals and bodies in country to support the Academy to secure a greater future for the less privileged children in the country.
It would be recalled that Nasarawa University Keffi recently offered provisional admission to 15 out of 19 scholarship students of the Academy to study various academic disciplines in the University.
FOSLA Academy was established in 2011 to give students who are naturally endowed in the game of football the opportunity to pursue their football career and education at the same time.
In a related development, the proprietor had advised students of the Academy to double their efforts to do better than the predecessors.
The Former NFF boss gave the warning during the academy’s PTA meeting recently. He challenged the students to be up and doing as the academy would not sacrifice their academic wellbeing to football adding that any students who was not ready to acquire both skills is free to leave.
Speaking to the students and their parents on Saturday during the meet, Alhaji Lulu said “as the current students of the Academy, you have to double your efforts in your academic learning and football skills. The school will never compromise on our enthroned policy of combining education and football skills. Acquiring both skills make you a complete individual.
“Besides, football has short life span while education follows you to the end. So why sacrifice your life time investment to a short time event? If you are not ready to combine the two skills here, you can quietly walk away,” he advised them.
Mr Lulu further called on individuals to join him in building better future for Nigerian football.
Fosla Academy’s session for this term runs from 7th January to 29th March, 2018.