…As Entry Closes
A member of the Nigeria Football Federation, Executive Committee, Ahmed Fresh, has thrown his weight behind the maiden Stephen Keshi U17 tournament that holds between 1-7 June in Benin City, the Edo State Capital.
Fresh, who is the Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, told the umbrella body of Nigeria Footballers , tagged the National Association Of Nigeria Professional Footballer (NANPF), that he is solidly behind a project to immortalize the longest serving skipper of the national team.
Keshi who was captain of the national team for 15 years, intermittently missing national team games due to tight club assignments was dubbed the Big Boss in his playing days, a name that still hold sway till this day. Comrade Danladi Musa, the AGS Director in Charge of Communication declared that the competition is organized in conjunction with the Stephen Keshi Vocational and Training Centre.
At the last count at least 16 teamsfrom across the Federation have met the entry requirement for the championship that is meant to rediscover football from the grassroots as officials say entries have officially closed for the event. “Keshi and most of us started football at the secondary school level and some went further we want to stop age cheating and bring back the beauty of football at the youngest level”, declared Austin Popo, NANPF Secretary General.