Imo state government, in partnership with a United Kingdom Institute, University and College of Football Studies, is to establish a football institute in the state.
Speaking when a team of UK based football professionals led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports, Mr Kanu Nwankwo, presented their proposals at Concorde Hotels, Owerri, governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha affirmed that the state would be ahead of other regions in Africa in sports development.
He noted that his administration is committed to proper exposure of the sports talents of its citizenry and promised to partner with the UK delegation.
Mr Kanu Nwankwo, said that he brought the team from the UK to fish out talents at the Imo Football League Competition due to kick off soon.
He disclosed that football scouts from the Bolton and Burley Football Clubs are presented in the state adding that the sports academy would soon flag off as the governor had granted site for its building.
Mr. Philip Wilson of University and College of Football Business said that his institute has come to Imo state to put together a programme where young ones of between the ages of 13 and 25 could be trained in academics as well as develop their talents in football.
A member of the Bolton Football team, Aden Durde, remarked that football when added with discipline and training yields greater economic profits not only to players, management and the host city but to the society.
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