Praises and commendations from Gombe State football stakeholders, coaches, and enthusiasts was the order of the day as Hon Khamisu Mailantarki unveiled a mega football development program in Gombe, the capital city of Gombe State.
Hon Mailantarki revealed the development when he hosted an interactive session with the leaders and coaches of Nationwide and state leagues football clubs respectively at the Hajiya Amina conference hall in Gombe, while presenting his speech, the CEO of Aqua Gardens and Amazon Kayak stated out the conditions of the program which will be executed under his football academy ‘Mailantarki Care Football Academy’ under which the franchise deal with the European and domestic partners was sealed.
Similarly he vividly explained to the club owners the nature of any possible deal that will involve teams if their respective players were found worthy of selection to form part of the platform under Mailantarki Care Football Academy.
Meanwhile the platform have since made its debut by showcasing talents from the State to Russian Football Development side FDC Vista and a domestic scouts UDE Sports Management talents hunting programs in Abuja respectively, successful players from the latter exercise will participate in the next phase of the program scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt in September.
Furthermore arrangements have concluded for the first ever regional scouting tournament under the platform, the event which is scheduled to hold in Gombe will see about 10 foreign scouts/agents in participation for possible recruitments of talented players to various football clubs and academies in Europe
The program is a branch of Mailantarki Care Foundation which aimed at exposing talented players to foreign scouts/agents for career development, the foundation is a dedicated charity initiative for youth empowerment launched by the former federal legislator years back which have since impacting the lives of many beneficiaries across various developmental program.
In a related development Mailantarki had swiftly responded to the demands of the two football forums (Nationwide and state leagues) by paying all their registration expenses for the 2021/2022 season worth N2.7m (two million and seven hundred thousand naira) in other for the clubs to focus and start an early preparation for the upcoming third tire and state leagues competitions respectively.
In their separate response, the delighted stakeholders and coaches lauded the philanthropic gesture as they termed it the first of its kind in the history of football in the state.
Notable among those present at the historic and colour event were Chairman of Gombe State Sports Commission ably represented by the state Director of Sports Suleiman Jarmai, Gombe State FA Chairman Philibus Yakubu Sarma, GSFA Vice Chairman Adamu Yakubu Kupe, Chairman Nationwide League Forum Hashimu Ibrahim, Chairman State Leagues Forum Sani Yahaya, Dahiru Hassan Kera, Bala Abubakar Ajuji among others.