A China based sports organization, Galaxy Sports Development has launched its presence in Benue State with a call on government to be aggressive in the effort towards sports development.
Unveiling the Galaxy Sports Academy of the China based organization at Hotel Bobeck, Makurdi, the member representing Makurdi South Constituency at the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Terwase Aondoakaa said such efforts would create avenue for grassroots talent hunt which will expose Benue youths to national and international clubs
According to him, “the situation whereby players of Lobi Stars Club,who are funded by tax payers money have about 90 percent non-indigenous players is not healthy. The establishment of sports academy in the state will address this challenge as it will restore the initial setup of Lobi Stars which was 70 percent indigenous players and 30 percent non-indigenous players.”
He commended the initiatives of the Founder, Galaxy Sports Development, Austine Akpehe and other stakeholders in the sports industry for their interest and vision towards its development , especially football in the state.
Earlier, Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Sports Development, Austine Akpehe who is also an ex-international footballer said his vision for the sports academy is to bring his expertise to bear on the sector in the state and country at large and solicited the cooperation and support of all stakeholders.
The sports organization is engaged in grassroots football and Sports development, school team’s coaching, organizing tournaments and talent development, among others with presence in Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and other African countries.
“I saw the need to come back home to initiate similar thing by establishing football academy in the state to improve football,” he said.
In a remark, Team Manager, Lobi Stars Football Club, Barnabas Imenger, disclosed that the state has many players at the national and international levels, many of them are doing well in their foreign clubs. “Lobi Stars offers a platform to accommodate Benue indigenes. We will support this academy to grow,” he said.