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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

The relentless drives to take football in Ekiti State to utopian heights received a big boost Tuesday, when the board of the state football association led by its hardworking and indefatigable Chairman, Bayo Olanlege, signed a partnership deal with one of Nigeria's leading football institutions, Mees Palace Football Academy.

The pact with Jos, Plateau State, based Mees Palace Football Academy, is a two year deal that would see collaborative moves between both parties towards development of football, particularly, in Ekiti State.

The historic pact as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding for a partnership in football for a specified period state amongst other terms of agreement as therein contained that the Academy agrees to execute and deliver to the best of its abilities a magnificent work as it pertain advise and management in football for a term of two (2) years certain. While further ensuring that all events the Academy shall undertake, shall be managed at the high level with industries best.

The MoU which stands on strong five developmental pillars, incude Advisory and Administrative; states that the Academy agrees with the Football Association on matters related to Youth Development programmes; technical development, footballing,media and kit partnership.

The partnership deal which is the first in the history of football administration in Ekiti State, has been described as a right move in the path to footballing utopia by genuinely concerned football stakeholders who also lauded the Ekiti FA board for the positive move.

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On its part, the management of Mees Palace Football Academy enthused confidently that new heights would be achieved in the development of football in the state and in the history of Nigerian football.

Obviously excited about the partnership, Chairman, Mees Palace Academy, Emmanuel Adukwu said, "Firstly, I must confess that there are very few people in Nigeria who have decided that they are going to do youth football, the way it should be done."

" This agreement with Ekiti FA is a big deal for us. It comes with lots of excitement. It takes so much to be able to find somebody to partner with to be able to grow football in the right direction.  When we get it right, posterity would look kindly on us.

And beginning with this MoU, we believe other state football associations would also follow the correct ways of doing youth football, " he added enthusiastically.


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