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Proliferation of football academies worries Hamilton

Lagos -Former international, Paul Hamilton, on Friday frowned at the proliferation of football academies in Nigeria, saying that they had not added value to the standard of the game in the country.

Paul Hamilton
Hamilton said that unscrupulous persons set up academies claiming to scout for talents for placements in foreign clubs.

He said the owners of such academies, which were not registered, swindled parents of their money through fake football institutions.

The former Green Eagles and Super Falcons coach, who is also the proprietor of Weekend Soccer Academy (WESA), said efforts should be intensified to weed out the fake academies.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Association of Proprietors of Football Academies of Nigeria (APFAN).

Hamilton promised that APFAN would partner the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to fish out the owners of the fake academies.

“It is worrisome that we have junk academies, they organise competitions without due process and this is not helping the development of football in the country,” he said.

Francis Akinremi, the APFAN National President, disclosed that the association was determined to control the activities of football academies in the country.

Akinremi said APFAN planned to set up branches in various states of the federation.

He said the the association, which was formed in 2005, was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

“Fake academies will face tough time as we are set to organise seminars for secondary schools and higher institutions not to welcome unregistered academies.

“We are also collaborating with the foreign embassies to ensure that only genuine clubs were given travel visas.”

He added that that was one of the measures to discourage fraudelent international agents and their Nigerian collaborators from swindling innocent children and their parents.

Akinremi said he was impressed with the conduct of the elections of the Lagos chapter of the association. (NAN)


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