*Final of tournament holds on New Year day
Ten footballers under the age of 13 years have been selected to win scholarship awards into one of the fastest growing academies in Nigeria that combines education with the game of soccer, FOSLA Academy, Kerishi, Abuja.
The 10 footballers will be selected from the 22 talented players picked from the 10th FOSLA U13 Football Championship in Anyangba, Kogi State.
According to head of competition, Mallam Ahmed Ajakpo, the selected 22 players include Wisdom Adama, Musa Abdullahi and Bashiru Haruna all from Bassa LGA, Emmanuel Peter, Ibrahim Alhaji, Attah Samuel, Kabiru Usman, Mustapha Ameh from Idah LGA and Usman Abass, Ahmed Musa with Muh’d Abubaka from Ankpa were among the 22 players chosen to go into the final screening and aptitude test.
Others are Amedu Israel from Ibaji LGA, Julius Bukie, Kabiru Aminu and Salisu Danjuma from Omala. Afuluku Sunday from Ofu area council, Ojima Negedu from Olamoboro area council, Solomon Achimugu, Hamza Ibrahim(Dekina), AbdulAziz Muh’d all from Dekina LGA as well as Benjamin Alfa (Igalamela) and Tukura Joel from Bassa LGA who has been awarded an automatic scholarship for his outstanding talent and skills.
The final of this year’s edition of FOSLA U13 football championship will be decided on the new year day of 2018 between Omala Local Government and Idah Local Government at the ancient Qua Iboe Primary School field at Idah by 4pm.
To reach the final, Omala defeated Dekina LGA 4-2 on penalties after goalless situation of the normal time while Idah LGA saw off the defending champions Igalamela/Odolu LGA by 2-0.
The winners of this year’s final will smile home with a giant trophy and a cash of 50,000 cash prize while the runners will get 30,000 cash prize.
The championship has been a pet project of former Nigeria Football Federation, NFF President, Alhai Sank Lulu Abdullahi who is the owner the academy (FOSLA) that has produced players for different age cadres national teams.
Chidera Prosper Ojukwu is currently with the country’s U15 national team while the likes of Achu Gabriel, Abubakar Suleiman, Solomon Abraham, Ejeh Joseph and Kehinde Mustapha were part of the last Golden Eaglets team from FOSLA Academy.