Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, has reiterated his commitment to leveraging the game of football to create a brighter future for Nigeria. Abdullahi, who is dedicated to his pet project, FOSLA Academy Karshi, envisions producing football stars that will make a global impact.

Established in 2010, FOSLA Academy aims to support the less privileged, providing 100% scholarships from primary school to university level while nurturing their football careers. Abdullahi emphasized that FOSLA Academy is a collective Nigerian project, urging fellow citizens to embrace and support it. He stressed that sports, particularly football, holds the potential to become Nigeria’s “new Green oil,” generating revenue and fostering socio-economic development.

Speaking passionately about his vision, Abdullahi expressed confidence that football could yield more revenue for Nigeria than oil in the long run. He urged Nigerians to recognize the transformative power of sports and align with the academy’s mission.

“FOSLA Academy is a Nigeria project; it is not for me alone, and Nigerians need to key into it. My dream of football will produce more revenue for Nigeria than oil,” asserted Abdullahi.

Highlighting the broader impact of sports on national development, Abdullahi remarked, “Sport can also be seen by researchers as the industry that houses the new ‘Green oil’ that lubricates and facilitates the socio-economic development of many advanced countries in the world. I believe in the power of football to create a better future for Nigeria.”

Abdullahi proudly pointed to the recent success of FOSLA Academy girls at the inaugural 8-Aside CAF African Schools Football Championship in Togo. The team’s disciplined performance earned them the ‘Fair Play Trophy,’ showcasing the academy’s commitment to positively projecting Nigeria.

As FOSLA Academy enters its second and third phases, Abdullahi revealed plans for the full development of the stadium project and the establishment of the university. With over a decade of existence and the successful implementation of the first phase, the academy aims to continue contributing to the growth and development of Nigerian football talent while promoting education and positive values.

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