Abuja – No fewer than 200 players on Monday registered from the six area councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to compete for the 2014 FOSLA Academy’s Football Scholarship programme.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Chairman of the academy, Dr. John Ogbadu, in Abuja.
It said the programme was annually sponsored by the former President of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Sani Abdullahi, to select talented players below the age of 13 years.
The statement said the programme, aimed at picking the naturally endowed players from the FCT, would hold between April 4 and April 5.
“The players must be below the age of 13 years and must be in primary five or six.
“They are expected to commence their academic activities next academic session. It would interest you to know that FOSLA Academy remains the only private owned secondary school in Nigeria that has football embedded in its curriculum.
“ Our curriculum is tailored in accordance with the National Policy on Education which is also opened to other students who may not want to play football, but want to concentrate on their academics.
“ Our school has been rated highly by the FCT Education Board as one with international standard.”
It said players would play in different teams in the tournament, where the best 10 players would be selected at the end of the programme.
The statement said the proprietor was committed to producing students that would excel in their academics and also in the field of football.
“In the past three years, the boys have played over 35 highly rated friendly matches, winning 33, drawing 1 and losing 1.
“The boys who are now in 3 categories, comprising U-15 (JSS 3); U-14 (JSS 2) and U-13 (JSS 1), are very determined to excel in both the game of football and academics.“
It said that 40 out of the 50 students currently in the school were on the academy’s scholarship. (NAN)