Kano State government is to partner with Legendary footballer, John Fashanu to create a befitting Sports Academy in the State.
Fashanu during a courtesy visit to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje described the state as an amazing home of football stars.
According to Fashanu, Kano has become the cynosure of eyes due to the abundant talents it is blessed with, which if nurtured properly would become great stars in future.
He said he is in Kano to discuss plans for setting up a Comprehensive Sports Academy in partnership with the State Government.
“My aim is to collaborate with Kano State in promoting and selecting young players to play professional football in Europe”, Fashanu said.
He added that European clubs are now craving for players from Kano and the Northern part of the country due to their skills and talent.
“Therefore I am taking 13 players from Kano to get an opportunity in Europe, ” he explained.
The Former International Football player also pointed out that he was at Karfi Sports Institute to assess the facilities over there.
“The facilities at the Sports Institute at Karfi are of International Standard with our partnership with Kano State Government we would turn it into a Sports academy not only for football but where other athletes from all parts of Africa would be discovered and nurtured to stardom “he stated.
Responding, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano State Government is ready to partner with organizations and individuals who have a genuine interest in the youths of the State through sports activities.
“We are creating an enabling environment and encouraging investors because sports today has become a viable option to create job opportunities and alleviate poverty “.
“That is why we created the Ministry of Sports to improve sports activities combined with purposeful policies that would positively promote the lives of the youths and sports development the Governor said”.