In Jigawa State, the State Chairman of Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural community, announced the formation of a football association for nomadic youngsters. Alhaji Umar Dubantu, the State Chairman, made this announcement in Dutse yesterday.
According to Dabantu, the formation of a football association for nomads will motivate and encourage Fulani adolescents to participate in sports, particularly at the grassroots level. He stated that the organization would soon begin looking for talent among the state’s nomads. Kautal Hore intends to pick at least one player from each of the state’s 27 LGAs.
He further stated that the project will not only result in the discovery of talents, but will also help the state’s football development. The project, according to the Jigawa State Chairman of Kautal Hore, will provide social inclusion for young and youthful Fulanis in all parts of life.
“There are many talented Fulani players in the state and these children are not only good at playing football but other sports. However, no attempt is being made to discover them.
“For instance, there one is 14-year-old Fulani boy that is very good at lifting heavy things, in fact, he can lift heavy things that are unexpected for him at his age.
“So this boy, and many others, can be discovered and groomed as our future weightlifters.
“Therefore, this is what we plan to do, in order to discover and bring out such talented Fulani boys to the world so that they will be our shining stars and future champions in years to come,” the chairman said.