Peter Rufai, the legendary Super Eagles goalkeeper and Chairman of Staruf Sports Development, has offered free football training to players at the Arrow of God Orphanage, Ajah, Lagos.
According to reports, Rufai made the offer after he watched the final of the Caritas Cup Soccer Tournament at the National Stadium, Lagos, on Sunday.
He said the training would hold in Staruf Academy located in Surulere.
The ex-goalkeeper said, “We all have a duty here to affect the lives of orphans and this Caritas Cup has presented a good forum for me to contribute my quota.
“The skills the young footballers displayed here need to be encouraged and this is the reason I have invited my academy to be part of the programme.
“I started my football career at a very tender age, my parents did not like football and didn’t encourage me either, but a stranger supported me and today, I am a force to reckon with.
“These orphans are looking out for us and we must look out for them and well, give them the attention, love and assistance they could not get from their parents.’’
Rufai also said that the passion for football globally has increased the interests of young people to develop their career with every chance.
“Sports unites the world but football is peculiar, you’ll observe activities on the streets, in schools, even corporate organisations have football teams, and it’s meaningfully engaging our youths,’’ he said.
The matron of Arrow of God, Jessica Ottu, applauded the organisers and described it as a pleasant environment for orphans to display their skills and socialise with their peers.
She said, “This event is marvellous, it is a good concept and I commend the organisers for bringing this large number of orphans out of the orphanages to have good time among themselves.
“I feel great because our boys have shown their capability but I am more satisfied because they are happy in this forum and interacted and have made friends.’’