By Abubakar Hassan


Comrade Ahmed Yusuf Fresh (l) and Kano state FA Chairman, Sharu Rabiu Ahlan, watching keenly the finals of Yusuf Fresh Youth Football Competition on the Plateau, at the Rwang Pam stadium, Jos, last Tuesday.

The Chairman of Niger State Football Association (NSFA) and Executive Board Member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Comrade Ahmed Yusuf Fresh has said that his grassroots football development programme has no political undertone.

The NFF board member drops this hint while speaking to Journalists at the Twang Pam Stadium in Jos, during the Finals of a youth football tournament organized in his honour by Plateau State Football Association, Tuesday.

He said whatever he does was for the interest of the round leader game, being the coordinator of football stakeholders in the North Central Zone.

“This is my zone and I feel I should give what I have to the younger ones and get them off the street so that they can have something doing. There is no any politics in it, just to discover, harness and nurture talents, that is the aim,” Fresh explained.

He revealed that over 10 FIFA licensed agents were part of the event and that talents discovered will be seen in future adorning the national colour of Nigeria

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Technical and Development committee member also ruled out having a football academy, saying he is fully an administrator of the round leather game.

He also assured that the programme is an annual event in his honour, disclosing that a replica of the event will come up in November 13 at Maiduguri and also at Nassarawa state by December.

Recognizing the key role of facilities in developing the round leather game, especially in the North Central zone, the Vice Chairman of NFF statutory committee expressed dissatisfaction about Niger state darling team, Tornadoes, playing home away from home, saying he with the state Governor and intimated him on the need to have a befitting stadium in the state.

He also disclosed that he with the Plateau state Governor, Solomon Lalong and informed him that the Rwang Pam stadium cannot host a continental championship, and that the Governor assured them that the new stadium under construction in the state will be completed before the commencement of Plateau United continental engagement.

On Super Eagles world cup qualifier match against the Chipolopolo of Zambia, the NFF technical and development committee member assured that they will give the Coach and every member of the team the needed support to succeed, adding that his committee will vet the list of players submitted by the Coach and give him the go ahead.

The event, Comrade Ahmed Yusuf Fresh Football Competition on the Plateau was well attended by the who is who in Nigeria football, with over 20 State FA Chairmen, members of the Nigeria Coaches Association led by Coach Isah Ladan Bosso, Nigeria players union led by Dahiru Sadi, Club owners led by Isaac Danladi, Nationwide League One led by Mohammed Alkali and host of other football stakeholders.

The finals which was decided between Wayforward Football Academy and Sauki Oil and Gas Fc, saw Wayforward Academy winning the championship via penalties as both team played a one all draw at regulation time. The third place match was won by Flying Arrows of JOS, after beating their opponent, De Blessed Academy by 2-1. About 39 teams across the state participated in the tournament.