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The recently concluded Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) U-15 Promises Tournament has been described as the jumpstarting of the process for a sustainable youth football culture in the NPFL.

Speaking after the closing ceremonies for the tournament won by Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC, Harry Iwuala, Head of Special Project at the League Management Company (LMC) remarked that participating clubs were enjoined not to see the tournament as a competition but an activity to implement some of the lessons learnt during the tour of Spain at the instance of LaLiga last year.

"First, it was a platform to expose the young players but most importantly, it was an activity to get the NPFL Clubs to set up youth teams as opposed to their practice of what they call Feeder teams made up of largely players who didn't fit into their main squad but not necessarily young players", said Iwuala who represented the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko at the finals.

The LMC said part of the objective of creating youth teams in NPFL Clubs is to grow a club philosophy and raise a pull of young players that will continually replace the older ones.

"What we have done over the last one month is not basically to see which club is the best, we never set out to make them competitive because that will defeat the essence of having a stream of young players who will transit to the main squad. This was simply a beginning of a sustainable platform to identify local talents, harness them and offer them a career", Iwuala continued.

He admitted that the implementation hasn't hit the perfect mark but that a lot has been learnt from this pilot scheme.

"It was basically a trial scheme and we have taken notes of the gaps as much as we also took cognizance of the positives. The good aspects will be improved on while we will work to remedy all observed weaknesses.

"Most of the clubs simply went to town and gathered young players from neighbourhoods but our objective is for them to set up cadres of youth teams from 8 years to 15, provide youth coaches and then train the players.

"In the long run, it is the clubs that will benefit from it as they will have a ready pull of young talents to recruit into the main squad and reduce their spending on transfers. They also will make money in the sale of these players to clubs within and outside the country", concluded the LMC official.

All the 20 NPFL clubs participated in the tournament which began with zonal eliminations in four centres - Owerri, Osogbo, Kaduna and Abuja. The top two from each center qualified for another two groups' play-off in Lagos which saw ABS FC and Katsina United reaching the finals while Niger Tornadoes and Rangers International played for the third place honours.

Tornadoes won 1-0 to finish third ahead of Rangers while ABS beat Katsina United 3-1 in the finals on Saturday, April 29.

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    Created Date: 22 July 2017Hist: 569
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    Created Date: 21 July 2017Hist: 717
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    Created Date: 19 July 2017Hist: 665
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  • Survival race, big game in Jos take front seat on Matchday 30

    Created Date: 19 July 2017Hist: 554
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    Rabiu Ali declares VAT Wonder Goal award his wedding gift

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    Boboye unfazed by Plateau United's crash in Lokoja

    Created Date: 18 July 2017Hist: 605
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    After 17th goal of the season, Odey promises more

    Created Date: 17 July 2017Hist: 1058
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    Rivers Utd avoid late heartbreak versus ABS

    Created Date: 16 July 2017Hist: 443
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    Akwa Utd trio star in 3-0 thrashing of Gombe Utd to keep up title chase

    Created Date: 16 July 2017Hist: 625
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    Bashir pops up with winner in Nasarawa Utd's first away success

    Created Date: 16 July 2017Hist: 385
    By Idowu Bakare Striker Abdulrahman Bashir scored the only goal of the game as Nasarawa United beat Sunshine Stars 1-0 in a Matchday 29 game of the NPFL at the Dipo Dino Stadium on Sunday. The win represents Nasarawa United's first away win of the season - making them the 11th team to win on the road this term. Bashir produced the moment of the contest when he put the ball past onrushing Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Henry Ayodele in the 39th minute, after Aminu Kadir...
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    Obaje's winner decides feisty Oriental Derby, as FC Ifeanyiubah edge Enyimba

    Created Date: 16 July 2017Hist: 846
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    Created Date: 16 July 2017Hist: 341
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    Ilechukwu hopeful of MFM title push

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    Dogo still nurses title ambition with Nasarawa Utd

    Created Date: 13 July 2017Hist: 772
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    LBA names shortlists for June NPFL awards

    Created Date: 13 July 2017Hist: 898
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    Rabiu Ali beats Tchato to 7th VAT Wonder Goal award

    Created Date: 13 July 2017Hist: 937
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    ABS goalkeeper Mudashir haunted by four-goal nightmare

    Created Date: 13 July 2017Hist: 589
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    NPFL's senior citizens (2)

    Created Date: 13 July 2017Hist: 868
    By Clement Nwankpa Jr In this concluding part of the series on serving legends of the NPFL, Clement Nwamkpa continues his chronicle. GAMBO MOHAMMED (KANO PILLARS)Gambo is a typical one-club player. It is hard to imagine him outside Pillars. Even after featuring against the star-studded Spanish national team at 2013 Confederation Cup, many expected Gambo to finally take his stock abroad but he has found a home with the sai masu gida. At some point, he moved to Middle East but cut short that...
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    Weli's strike hands Rivers Utd slim 1-0 victory over MFM FC

    Created Date: 12 July 2017Hist: 836
    By Sanipe Damiete A solitary strike in the 30th minute from Christian Weli was all it took Rivers United to put hardfighting MFM FC to the sword in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rescheduled Matchday 28 fixture at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Wednesday. After a poor outing on the continent and deep in relegation waters, Rivers United knew they were condemned to win and started brightly, controlling the pace of the game and creating half...
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    Mbaoma helps Remo Stars to share of the spoils against FC Ifeanyiubah

    Created Date: 11 July 2017Hist: 967
    By Blessing Fowowe Victor Mbaoma's well-taken free kick in the 81st minute saved Remo Stars blushes as the Sky Blue Stars rescued a point in a rescheduled Matchday 28 NPFL clash against FC Ifeanyiubah. The Sky Blue Stars who recently suffered a bout of food poisoning leaving more than half the team hospitalized, started the brightest of both teams after David Onovo found his way past FCIU defenders into the box to send a pass through with no teammate to connect in the...
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    VAT Wonder Goal: Wikki’s Usman donates prize to Almajiri school

    Created Date: 11 July 2017Hist: 1058
    Ahmed Usman, a former Almajiri (street kid) who won the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 24 VAT Wonder Goal award has nominated a youth rehabilitation centre in Bauchi as his preferred charity and went on to describe the award as the high point of his season at Wikki Tourists. The player popularly called Manu expressed the hope that the recognition will motivate him to achieve more in his career.
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    NPFL's senior citizens (1)

    Created Date: 11 July 2017Hist: 888
    By Clement Nwankpa Jr The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is replete with experienced players. Players who have lit up the stage for over a decade now but are still around to guide the younger ones. In difference to their age and sometimes in a show of love, the younger players are known to have created several sobriquets in place of the real names of their long serving colleagues. It is common to hear some being hailed ‘Senior man’, ‘Big boss’, ‘Egbon’ for those in the South west...
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    Shooting Stars make a point against champions Rangers in Enugu

    Created Date: 10 July 2017Hist: 793
    By Ademola Olajire Enugu Rangers expected three maximum points to boost their progress up the NPFL ladder but met a determined Shooting Stars who forced them to a 1-1 draw at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday. The big news before kick–off was the assertion by Shooting Stars coach, Fatai Amao that his boys were now ready to starting winning away matches because other teams have also lived their dream in that direction.
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    Abia Warriors see off Nasarawa Utd 2-0, move into top half

    Created Date: 10 July 2017Hist: 558
    By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam After futile trips to Gombe United and Sunshine Stars in their recent Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches, Abia Warriors returned to winning ways at home on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Nasarawa United at the Umuahia Township Stadium. An own goal by Nasarawa United captain, Emmanuel Makama in the first half coupled with Sunday Adetunji’s penalty in the closing stages of the mid-table encounter brought back smiles to worrying...
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    Plateau Utd hit Akwa Utd for three, extend lead to five points

    Created Date: 09 July 2017Hist: 878
    By Mohammed Suleiman Plateau United thrashed Akwa United 3-0 at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos to increase their lead at the top of the table to five points in one of the Matchday 28 games of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Akwa United nullified the threat of the home side in the first 17 minutes of the game, with Daniel Itodo's long thrust from five throw-ins easily gathered by goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo of Akwa United.
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    Bata confident El-Kanemi can trip Gombe Utd at Pantami

    Created Date: 08 July 2017Hist: 746
    El-Kanemi Warriors attacking winger is confident that his club can pull off a win at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe where they are expected to go toe to toe with Gombe United in a Northeast derby this Sunday. The Maiduguri club will start Matchday 28 in fourth position on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table with 43 points, five less than league leaders Plateau United. But their Sunday game will not be against the table-toppers rather with a team battling for survival at the deep...
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    Created Date: 08 July 2017Hist: 758
    By Ayo Olu Ibidapo Sunshine Stars midfielder, Dayo Ojo believes his return to the club will help rescue Akure Gunners from the prolonged threat of relegation as the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) season draws to a close. With the league reaching Matchday 28 this Sunday, the former Al-Merrikh SC midfielder declared that it will be unheard of that the former CAF Champions League semi-finalists will be competing in the lower cadre of Nigerian football.
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    Rivers Utd crash out of CAF Confederation Cup

    Created Date: 08 July 2017Hist: 785
    Antonin Panenka resurfaced in the shape of a Moroccan – Mohamed Fouzair - on Friday night in Rabat to leave pain and gnashing of teeth in his wake as Nigerian side, Rivers United bowed out of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup with a whimper. Rivers United needed to win at a rocking Stade du FUS (Hay Nahda, Rabat) but started on the back foot with the Moroccan club pushing and probing in search of an early goal. They almost got it in the fourth minute when Youssef El Gnaoui forced a brilliant save...
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