Poor Facilities is Bane of Sports Development In Nigeria, Izzul-Arab laments

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The President of Gee-Lec International Football Academy, Izzul-Arab Garba Ibrahim has decried the heavy setback caused by lack of attention given to the provision of sporting facilities in Nigeria.

Arab-Gee as he’s also fondly called believes no country can rival Nigeria talents wise especially in football but lack of facilities as been one of the major hindrances in making the Country rule the world.

According to him: “There are a lot of challenges facing sports development in Nigeria which include finances, but one of the major factors in lack of facilities. Take for example in Jos, we can only boast of only the New Jos Stadium where good football can be played and we are talking about thousands of grassroots club sides.

“We are even facing the same thing at the national level whereby due to lack of enough training pitch, all the National teams using only the FIFA Goal Project pitch from the Under 17 male and female, Under 20, Under 23 and what have you. And this is applicable to all the States in Nigeria. I don’t see how you can see or get the best from these players when there are no structures on ground for these talents to be harnessed. “

Izzul-Arab Garba Ibrahim also calls on Politicians to come out and support grassroots club owners by providing facilities even from the grassroots level where they are voted in to lead. He challenged foreign based players that have benefited from the system to also give back to where they are coming from, citing Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa,has a good example who built a sports edifice in both Kano and Kaduna States.

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