Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) former President Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi has described his pet project, Fosla Academy as a work in progress, saying that if fully developed, the football citadel of learning will compete favourably with the best in the world.
Lulu who was speaking in the background of the academy’s 10th anniversary and 5th graduation ceremony scheduled for Saturday said that the vision of ensuring that the institution when fully developed will have all the facilities of competing with the best in the world.
He said within 10 years, the academy has successfully implemented the first phase of the project and is now ready to embark on the second phase and the third phase which are the full development of the Stadium project and the University, all based on available resources.
“The concept is to ensure that the students are developed in an environment that will allow them to develop their skills and their academic prowess without hindrance. So that they will grow to become the best in the world.”
The former FCT Director of Sports said the 10th anniversary will be used in recognizing those that have contributed to the success stories of the academy.
“We are recognizing the Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who was the Minister of FCT, who approved the establishment of the Academy here in FCT. We are also recognizing the Sarki Karshi Alhaji Ismaila Mohammed, late NFF Secretary-General and Board member of the Academy Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi among others.”
Fosla Academy opened its doors to allowing youths with a natural endowment in football to combine their career effectively with education in 2011. They have excelled in both within the decade of existence.
They are the national champions of the rejuvenated National Principals Cup, and a student of the Academy emerged the best National Essay writer among secondary schools in Nigeria in 2020. 42 students on the Academy’s scholarship program are running various undergraduate programs at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, all are members of the Fosla Football Club that plays in the Nationwide League One (Division 1). The club holds the record of being the first club side in the country to present all undergraduate players in any Nigeria League.