The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Team Nigeria UK International (TNUKI) based in the United Kingdom, David Doherty has revealed plans to launch a youth football league in Abuja.
He said the reason behind the football league named Fustar Youth League was his own way of contributing to the development of sports in Nigeria starting from the grassroots.
He made this known during the unveiling of the league yesterday in Abuja.
“This initiative is a way of adding our own bit to developing sports in Nigeria. We will use the UK model and platform to develop grassroots football in Nigeria,” he said.
David who is a former Nigerian international said he has been doing this for the last 7 years without support from the government except from the English FA, the NFF and some patriotic Nigerians.
“Fustar is where the kids will get involved in competitive league and we are going to work with the school calendar. We want a situation whereby the kids will combine sports with education.
“The Nigerian football system does not have a youth league just as it is done in Europe. We want to fill that gap, make a difference and in the process help tackle age cheat in Nigerian football,” he said.
The Fustar Youth League is for the children between the ages of 13 and 15 and will kick off on March 8.
According to TNUKI, the league will begin with the students in the private secondary schools in Abuja while public school students will come in after the league has successfully taken off.