The Rivers State Football Association says the association is committed to developing football at the grassroots in the state.
The Vice-Chairman of Rivers State Football Association, Omineokuma Kile, said the on-going Keves Football Championship for non-league teams was put together to unearth new talent for the state and country.
He said that the State Football Association is partnering with the private sector to organize the football competition.
The Vice-Chairman of Rivers State Football Association Omineokuma Kile also frowned at the inability of some local coaches to give young players chance to prove their mettle at different grassroots competitions.
“The state is endowed with talents scattered everywhere, although our local coaches may not be seeing it so because in my home community we do have an end of year unity competition. Each time you invite the coaches to come down, they are reluctant. When you see a budding talent and introduce it to the local coaches they will not take them”.
He, however, commended Coach Monday Sinclair for his passion in unearthing new talents in the state.
Kile said that Monday Sinclair is one of the few coaches that scout for fresh talents in local competition across the state.
Omineokuma Kile stated that professional league clubs are not allowed to participate in the competition.
He also said that after the competition, the Rivers State Football Association will have state leagues for clubs in the state.
“This competition this year will enable us to know how to organize state leagues in divisions. Because at the end of the competition we shall be having state division one clubs and if funds are available we may also have division two and division three” he said.