From Haruna Aliyu Usman, Birnin Kebbi
Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) is set to spend a whooping sum of $1.2m to develop sports in Kebbi state.
This was disclosed by the state chairman, Kebbi state football association, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Ladan in Birnin Kebbi.
He said that the international football body chose Kebbi among the six states earmarked for sports assistance in the country.
Ladan added that in the next three weeks, construction will commence at the allocated five hectares of land that was provided by the state along Birnin Kebbi Kalgo road,the facility will contain a standard pitch and other facilities required for sporting activities, he stated that, the facility is owned by FIFA but will be handed over to the state for maintenance after the construction, ladan said that FIFA will employ staff that will take care of the facility, therefore it will create employments to the state youth.
On the performance of the state team Kebbi United, he said they were currently playing at league 1 with bright chances of getting promoted to national pro-leaque along side other contenders Katsina United.
According to him the team was owned by the state government and financed by the Kebbi state governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, who he described as a sports -friendly governor.
The state FIFA agent, Ladan lauded the world soccer body for choosing Kebbi as one of the beneficiaries of world sports intervention, he promised to make the best use of the facility in the state when constructed.