The connection between Education and Sports has been a long standing one that over time many of the Sports Superstars we have come to know and love have grown into prominence from their participation in schools sports.
School Sports continues to be a veritable means of guaranteeing a stable and steady convey belt of Sports men and women for the nation at large. Like it or not Football remains the number one sport in Nigeria; it is played at every street corner; on different surfaces across the nation. To this end; a nation that is serious about the development of Football and Sports in general cannot neglect or turn a blind eye to schools sports.
Today we have various competitions geared at harnessing the immense potential and talent pool Nigeria possesses from the Secondary Schools to the University; but not many focus on spotting these kids from as an early age as Primary School students like the Fab 5 Football Challenge. The competition is in its Fifth year of existence and its Fourth edition with over 2000 pupils as participants over the years and 200 public primary schools across Lagos State.
The FAB 5 Football Challenge is organised by Pet-Bamok Limited with the support of the Lagos State Sports Commission; Blaugrana Sports International, Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Rite Foods, Bigi and Indomie Noodles. The Competition’s stand out performers over the years have benefited from the Scholarship and Mentoring schemes. This year’s competition screened schools from the state’s five educational districts. 16 schools will participate in the final tournament that will see the winners receive prizes including opportunities for the best outstanding players to be enrolled into the FC Barcelona Soccer School in Lagos. Past Winners of the Fab 5 Football Challenge include; St Stephen Primary School, Lagos Island in 2012; LA Primary School, Surulere in 2014 and Opebi Primary School, Ikeja in 2015.
Despite the success of the competition; it still needs a major boost from Corporate Nigeria in terms of support and sponsorship especially financially as the gains attached with backing such a project are not quantifiable. This affords us the opportunity to spot these talents early and nurture them for the future; their progress can easily be monitored from the Fab 5 Football Challenge to the Lagos State Principal’s Cup to the NUGA Games/ NCAA Tournaments or respectable academies across Europe and who knows one day a Super Eagles International.
The Competition is slated for Friday 26th of May; 2017 at the Campus Mini Stadium, Lagos Island to coincide with the Children’s day celebration.