Stakeholders hold 1st sports entrepreneur summit in Abuja

In a bid to improve the fortunes of sports in Nigeria, sports stakeholders within and outside the country yesterday began a two-day sports and social entrepreneurship education summit in Abuja.

The summit with the theme ‘Sports Entrepreneurship: Untapped Goldmine’ is convened by Suraj AbdulWahab, founder of Teworh sports and skills center.

Speaking to Blueprint correspondent, Abdulwahab said the summit was organised to explore the business opportunities within the sports sector.

“It is actually to bring all stakeholders together to come around as well as bring in investors who don’t know anything and understand what sports business is. We also want to let embassies who den our young players visas an understand that our players are not just footballers but entrepreneurs.

“We also want to sensitise parents on allowing their children go into sports beyond the walls of a school. It is very tough to do business in Nigeria but we have untapped goldmine. But to God be the glory, this summit is to create collaborations with different teams.

“This summit is sustainable as we already have investors, partners and a system on ground as we want to inspire the next generation and we want to go beyond Nigeria in future,” he said.

In the same vein, a legal practitioner and FIFA licensed agent, Adedeji Sanyaolu hailed the process FIFA employed to safeguard young players from being exploited by agents. 

“Being an agent has its challenges of convincing players for you to represent them as a lot of them have had funny experiences in the past. Fortunately, FIFA has introduced a directory and have given us a card with a barcode for players to verify the authenticity of agents.

“We leverage on our networks to get our players out. We need more investors in our leagues so that our players can go out pending when our league will be attractive to the players and even foreigners,” he said.