Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has revealed that his recent visit to Spain with his Rivers State Counterpart, Barr Nyesom Wike, was to seek partnership with top-flight Spanish Football Clubs to further develop Enyimba FC of Aba and other football clubs in the state as well as further his agenda of grassroots sports development in the state.
Speaking to newsmen today at Governor’s Lodge in Aba on his recent visit to Spain, Governor Ikpeazu stated that the state has officially invited, InteractSport, the consultants that brokered a successful deal for Rivers State Government to scout for Barcelona or Paris St Germain for Abia teams leveraging on the state’s intimidating presence in the Nigeria professional football league and other leagues; with three successful clubs, and several amateur clubs as well as local academies.
“We are also committed to the development of grassroots sports which will take off with over 300 boys and girls from the street and offer exciting opportunities to the next generation as we are already doing in the shoe and garment cluster”, he stated.
Governor Ikpeazu who also used the occasion to applaud Enyimba FC of Aba for their away victory over Diambars FC of Senegal in their CAF Confederation Cup competition describing it as an exhilarating birthday gift from Finidi George and the boys; he recalled that a UK based academy, Brooks House, is already training 3 young Abia talents they discovered after the school sports program organized by the state government.
Ikpeazu celebrated his 57th birthday on October 18.