Efforts of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau I. Jibrin to promote sports have started to yield results as six players of his football academy have been selected to play in clubs in Holland and the United Kingdom.
Senator Barau established the Barau Jibrin Football Academy in 2021 to promote football. The players of the academy are selected from across the country.
The management and players of the academy on Monday paid a courtesy call to the founder of the club, Deputy President of the Senate at the National Assembly, Abuja.
Chairman of the Academy, Ibrahim Shehu Chanji, said since the establishment of the Academy two years ago, it has achieved a lot of success as some of the players are currently playing in African clubs.
The latest success of the Academy, according to him was the selection of its six players to play in Holland and UK clubs in a recent scouting program they attended in Abuja.
“We are here in Abuja for a scouting program, and I am happy to inform you that six of our players have been selected to play in clubs in Holland and England. This is a remarkable achievement.
“We also have other players in Niger Republic and Congo. We will use this opportunity to thank you for the support you have been giving us. We are also committed to doing more with your support and encouragement,” he said.
Responding, Senator Barau commended the management and players for the success, urging them to sustain the tempo.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ismail Mudashir, Senator Barau reiterated his commitment to the development of sports in the country.
“I want to assure you that I’m with you one hundred percent. I hope one day you will be among the top players in various leagues and competitions across the world.
” The importance of sports in the contemporary world cannot be over-emphasized. Football plays a key role in preventing youths from engaging in criminal activities. I will continue to support you and all other activities that will create employment opportunities for our teeming youths, ” he said.