Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State
By Seriki Adinoyi
The joy of two of the winners of Glo Soccer Academy season 1, Africa's biggest soccer reality TV show, knew no bounds last week as Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State rewarded the boys from the state with N1m each. He also promised to monitor their education.
The Governor who announced the reward while hosting the promising footballers, Abdulrahman Umar and Yakubu Umar at the Government House in Jos, commended them for doing well at the academy and making the state proud.
The Governor also promised to source funds to complete the new stadium and sporting facilities to boost sports development in the state.
He commended telecommunication giant, Globacom for initiating the concept of the Academy and was optimistic that more talents would be discovered through the academy in the nearest future.
It will be recalled that 33 players were selected from over 7,000 youths screened in Nigeria, Ghana and the Republic of Benin for the Glo Soccer Academy finals.
Sixteen players including Abdulrahman Umar and Yakubu Umar eventually emerged at the end of the academy in January, 2013.
The 16 finalists won G-Bam Scholarship of N750,000 each while 15 of the boys won N1 million Naira each. The Most Valuable Player won N5 million.
In addition, the team will also go on a training tour of the Manchester United Soccer Schools in Carrington, England in April.
The Glo Soccer Academy was organised to discover and train talented young footballers across West Africa and it was conceived to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young talented footballers to kick-start their career in professional football.