Pained and distraught, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah sat with feet rooted to the ground as he held back the tears, following Nigeria’s sad defeat to Argentina in the last match of group D, at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
He went to Russia with over sixty football fans, that were fully motivated, knowing that, Africa is on a mission to shock the world.
Unfortunately, this dream came crumbling before his eyes, leaving him with a solemn vow, to return the continent back to the apex of world football, where she truly belongs.
This disappointment has turned a blessing in disguise for millions of African youths as the 1family, 1footballer campaign takes off in full gear on Saturday, July 14, with the official launch scheduled for 11am Russian time, in the beautiful city of Moscow.
Saturday’s event, will afford the world an opportunity to hear the story of a multi billionaire African football investor whose rise is gradually holding the world spell bound after a sudden emergence, that has seen Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah take Nigeria, Africa and world football by storm.
As president of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, a modest football club, situated in Nnewi, a commercial town now becoming the Mecca of football in Eastern Nigeria, where youths from all walks of life converge to feel the splendour of one of the best sports edifice situated in the east of the Niger.
After spending over 5billion Naira so far, in building the stadium and the brand called FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Chief Ubah is moving a step further with the 1Family, 1Footballer initiative, which is aimed at giving one football to an emerging talent in over 1million homes across Africa.
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad and FIFA president Gianni Infantino are very excited about this laudable project, while NFF president Amaju Pinnick has remained a driving force behind this initiative, from the very beginning.
No wonder, the Creme dela Creme of African and World football will converge on Moscow, on the eve of the World cup final to savour the spectacle of on official launch that will provide a picture of what tomorrow holds for the African youth.
“There is dearth of talents in Nigeria and Africa football and we all saw that at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia where all five African representatives fell out in the group stage, leaving the continent to bite it’s fingers after a very disappointing show.
“We are compelled by necessity, as true lovers of the African game, who watched with glee, the exploits of Roger Milla, Rabar Madger, Rashidi Yekini, Stephen Keshi, Abedi Pele, Peter Rufai, Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Samuel Etoo and the likes, to comb the streets of the continent in our desperation to replace these heroes of our glorious past.
“We are not saying the players of today are not doing enough, we are only saying that Africa has got the talents to do even better.
“For these reasons, we want to visit 1million homes in Africa where these talents live, encourage them with our token which include football, boots and jerseys for each family, nurturing Africa’s next super star.
“Many parents in Africa can hardly provide three square meals for the family, many children have dropped out of school on the continent because of poverty and instead of allowing them to live their dreams and pursue their ambition of becoming footballers, parents send them to the streets to hawk because they have no money to buy them balls and boots.
“Many Roger Millas and Austin Okochas are today in the creeks somewhere in the Niger Delta or in the bushes wandering with guns, looking for their next prey.
“All these, we must put an end to, as we set out, on a grassroot football revolution that will unearth the next super stars in African football,” Chief Ubah said.
After the Moscow event, the carnival proper will be launched in Nnewi, Anambra state of Nigeria, on August 4, while on September 30, the African launch will be done in the beautiful city of Cairo in Egypt.