1 million to benefit from 1 GAME project – Akpoborie

Coordinator of the 1 GAME ‘Goal against Violence’ project, Jonathan Akpoborie said on Sunday that more than one million pupils would have been part of the secondary school based initiative at the end of 2018.

The former Super Eagles striker told sports writers in Calabar that the objective of the initiative was not just about instilling discipline in the growth and development of young school pupils involved in playing football but also to reward those who are very outstanding and hope to pursue a career in the game, the opportunity to play and study abroad.

“We want to see young school pupils play football and understand the true essence of fairplay and unity while in the act and we are hoping that at the end of 2018, over a million pupils will have been part of this project.

“We are not just hoping to instill discipline in the growth and development of these aspiring footballers but also offering an opportunity for the very outstanding pupils to play and study abroad. It is also a way of motivating them to give their all to this project,” Akpoborie said.

A centre forward during his playing days, Akpoborie was part of victorious Nigeria squad to the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship held in China. His inclusion in the squad was sequel to an outstanding performance while representing his school in the 1985 Lagos State Principal’s Cup.

Having rose to become a household name in football both in Nigeria and Germany where he played the majority of his career, the former VFB Stuttgart goal poacher believes more school pupils can follow in his footsteps.

“What I achieved while playing in secondary school can be surpassed by many young school pupils. I was discovered while playing for my school and taken to the U-16 World cup in China. It is now is my turn to discover other talented pupils who will play football in an exemplary manner and make this country proud in future.”

The 1 GAME ‘Goal against Violence’ project which was launched in November 2011 will kick start fully in April this year, with Cross River State, the first of the 36 states to benefit from the initiative.
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