Stories by Albert Akota
Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Orleans Invest West Africa Limited, the oil firm is anticipating N110 billion (5m Euros) to build two pitches and brand new hostel for various national football teams and furnish one part of the new secretariat for the federation in Abuja.
The chairman of the firm, Gabriele Volpi who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja during the unveiling of it Abuja Football College players to the president of the NFF Alhaji Aminu Maigari at the weekend, said the MoU will run for a period of four years.
“The firm is anticipating 5m Euros to prosecute the project, this is part of our social responsibility by helping Nigeria to develop the game of football, we like the game, we want Nigeria to do well in it, we are doing this to develop the players with modern facilities, we are set to hit the ground running for the project, in six month times, I can assure you structures around goal project will change, “Volpi assured Nigerians.
He added that the federation is to provide site plan for the construction of two football training pitches as well as hostel for the national teams and technical assistance for the national coaches should it needed by the management.
The Oil firm has also advanced it action to sponsor Garba Manu, Flying Eagles coach and his U-17 counterpart, Emmanuel Amuneke, to attend two football tournaments billed for two Croatian cities of Rijeka and Zagreb, between May 26 and June 8, 2014.
The invitation to attend the global tournaments was announced by Didi Ndiomu on behalf of the management of Abuja Football College, also funded by the oil and gas giant.
Nigeria will be leading top football nations that will feature in the tournament slated for Rijeka, including Bosnia, Italy, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro, while the tournament in Zagreb would have countries like Croatia, Spain, Britian, Denmark, Nigeria and Switzerland.
According to Volpi, the tournaments will afford the two coaches the opportunity to watch young Nigerian players plying their trade in the Croatian First and Second Divisions, and scout for materials as they prepare their teams for the African qualifiers of the U-17 and U-20 championships coming up later in the year.
Meanwhile, the NFF’s President, Aminu Maigari who lauded the oil firm, said that the FIFA Goals project needs total renovation and rehabilitation because it has be overused by football teams and other sports federations.
The MoU was signed by the president of the NFF, Aminu Maigari, and Captain Damir Miscovic on behalf of the chairman of Orlean Investment, Mr Gabrielle Volpi with the effort of Aminu Balele Kurfi the consultant.
Peoples Daily Sports gathered that Abuja Football College which boasts of producing players, had U-17 first choice keeper Dele Alampasu and Alfh that won the World Cup in Dubai now U-20 as well as seven players in the U-17 camp and three in the U-20 squad.