Akpoboririe happy with anti violence campaign

Former Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie says the fact that more school pupils are asking to be part of the ‘Goal against Violence’ project, is a sign that the 1 GAME campaign is making progress.

Tens of school pupils have sent out requests asking to be enrolled into the ‘Goal against Violence’ project, an initiative of the 1 GAME Campaign whose objective is to ensure that school pupils play football and understand the essence of fair play and non-violence while doing so.

Having been a key figure in the 1 GAME campaign since its inception over two years ago, the former VFB Stuttgart and VFL Wolfsburg point man who is also the Coordinator of the ‘Goal against Violence’ project says he clearly knows how much impact the campaign has made in football.

“I’ve been in this campaign right from the beginning. I’ve been part of every activity and project of this initiative and so I know how much we’ve done. If you want to see the impact of this campaign, take a look at sports programmes of TV, take a look at Facebook and Twitter, listen to sports shows on Radio and read the newspapers.

“We are creating a huge impact in the grassroots. The fact that more and more school pupils are asking to be part of the ‘Goal against Violence’ project is clearly a sign that the 1 GAME campaign is making great progress.

A hugely admired centre forward during his playing days, Akpoborie was an active member of the victorious Nigeria squad to the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship held in China. His inclusion in Coach Sebastian Bodericks team came after an outstanding performance while representing his secondary school in the 1985 Lagos State Principal’s Cup.

Twenty-Seven years after aiding Nigeria to win its first ever FIFA organized tournament, the 43 year old believes only programmes like the ‘Goal against Violence’ project can help develop talents for age-grade competitions.

“I played football from school to professional level and I know how it can grow. I’ve seen it, I’ve lived it, and only with programmes like this can we make age-grade football more active, he said.”
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