John Fashanu, Nigerian lineage and England international has described Nigeria’s sportsmen and women as the most talented in Africa.
Fashanu scored 134 league goals in a career spanning 17 years in England and retired at the end of the 1994–95 seasons.
Fashanu who represented England twice at the senior level, was speaking at a grassroots Football and Basketball Super Cup organized to mark the 20th Anniversary of African International College (AIC) and Africa Community School Abuja (ACS) in Abuja.
“Honestly this is how I started over five decades ago. This young and tall boy called Jordan Ajene – he’s even taller than me. He’s simply amazing. He reminds me of Michael Jordan and luckily his name is also Jordan. He should be dreaming big now and he has the potential to be a great basketball player I hope very soon he will be a household name as far as basketball is concerned in Nigeria”, he said.
Fashanu lauded the talents exhibited by the students, saying there was hope for Nigerian sports.
In her remark, Mrs Caroline Yakubu, the Executive Secretary of AIC/ACS, said the sporting events were part of the school’s management efforts geared towards improving the students’ intellect through full involvement in school extra-curricular activities such as Sports.
One of the parents, Lady Nene Oche, on the occasion described the coordination of the Basketball and Football events as top-notch.
“The coordination is excellent. No doubt, we have enjoyed ourselves here, seeing our children compete, and am so happy that the events were injury-free. I can’t wait for next year’s edition. Am proud of the organizers,” she said.
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dr Tope Ojeme, expressed delight with the sporting competitions noting that it will help to bond staff, parents, and students of the school.
Dr Ojeme added that the initiative would harness the talents of the students through sports.
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