The new wave of developmental strides is set to hit the Nigeria’s football and sporting sectors next year as Manchester United great, Cristiano Ronaldo; former United States of America President, Barrack Obama; Manchester United legend, David Beckham; four-time Africa Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto’o and Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba will visit Nigeria in the year 2022.
President of the Africa Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), Noah Dallaji who disclosed this during the Symposium organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN in Abuja, said the foundation is working assiduously to bring the great men of global image and continental pedigree into the country.
It would be the first time that five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo as well as David Beckham will step their feet in Nigeria.
Dallaji who is known as a Sports Philanthropist has his tentacles spread across all sport’s in Nigeria, has succefully secured scholarship for some young basketballers in the USA while some young footballers in his foundation are now in Europe with one of them already with English Premier League side Leicester City.
He also supported Assisat Oshoala’s girl child football programe, as well as para-soccer athletes.
Dallaji was responsible for bringing Kalilou Fadiga, Tresor Lomanu Lua Lua and other African stars to Bauchi last summer.
The highly influential figure has however made the mother of all revelations when he announced on wednesday during FCT SWAN symposium in Abuja, that Portugal national team captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Samuel Eto’o Fills, Didier Drogba and other African stars will be storming the Moshood Abiola stadium in June 2022.
“In this stadium where we’re sitting, in June, we’ll have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo grace the occasion and mentor the young ones.
“We’re working so hard on it and we’re going to have the meeting by sometime in March in Manchester to see how things can be possible. He is convinced about it, I think he is going to come.”
“The likes of David Beckham, and then few other stars from Africa here, our own , Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o would be here to mentor these young people.“
“If that is the only thing we can do and give back to the society, we’ll continue to do it. With your help also. We’ll be talking to you more on it very soon, ones we make the progress,”Dallaji affirms.
He also confirms that former President of United State of America Barrack Obama would be mentoring African youth in October 2022.
What we’re planing is to use talents to make sure that this continent being respected entirely but the continent can continue be respected except Nigeria take the lead. And that’s the contribution that we believe we can give in terms of sports and other aspect of talents that would make this work,” Dallaji revealed.
Dallaji says the aim of ACTDF is to keep identifying and supporting youths in Education, Sports, Art, and Entertainment, I’m order to make them useful to the society.
The SWAN WEEK was concluded with an award ceremony in Abuja.