As elections into the board of Benue State Football Association draws nearer, FA Chairmanship hopeful, Barrister Paul Edeh has stated in clear terms how he would further invest in football and facilitate its developments upon receiving the mantle.
Barrister Edeh, a Commercial and Property Lawyer, Human Rights Advocate, and Sports Promoter with keen interests in the promotion of the game of football, spoke brilliantly to a top sports platform, Family United By Football (FUBF), during a session tagged, ‘Personality Interview’.
He expertly uncoiled fascinating programs aimed at improving grassroot football by empowering Local Football Councils with adequate resources and running a transparent administration cum fascinating reward system for stakeholders.
“A lot can be achieved by creating a model for Local Football Councils to operate like the State FA, if they can raise the funds needed, it will empower them to improve the game of football. Am planning to host nothing less than 10 tournaments in a year across the state, creating a reward system for exceptional players so that the state can become a talent hub of fantastic players.
“Also, am planning to build capacity and raise the enthusiasm of young coaches, and young referees and also to get players that have made an impact to give back to society. We will also involve state government and corporate bodies including spirited individuals to galvanize the efforts of the board.”
The founder of ambitious women’s football sides Naija Ratel FC and Honey Badger FC, Barrister Paul Edeh, a humanitarian who has consistently donated footballs and jerseys to grassroot teams recounted his involvement in such projects more in Benue than the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“I have done more for football in Benue than FCT, Ratel Preseason Tournament started in Benue, I founded a men’s team over a decade ago in Benue and hired an expatriate as the coach. I have repeatedly organized grassroot tourneys with donations of equipment and kits to teams for over a decade.
“For the past three years, I have funded a state league through Ratel Sports Development Foundation (Ratel Benue State League). Honey Badger is still the only notable female team in Benue today. Benue is my state and I would love to go back and provide selfless leadership to the Football Associations.
“My message to congress members is that I will keep to my promises, like l always do. I am coming to FA not for what I will need, I am coming with a lot of values on the table. I will provide the right leadership and encourage football development at the grassroot, football crises will be crashed down at the local level so that football becomes affordable.”
“I will pursue funding for Benue State FA and works with the current leadership of Nigeria Football Federations to ensure that Benue hosts National Matches, we will improve on the structure on ground and form partnerships. I will make everyone have the trust that the game of football is their own.” Barrister Paul Edeh pledged.