Abula Needs Sponsorship, Encouragement -National Coach
The National Coach of Abula Sports, Paul Asaah has called on the Federal and State Governments to encourage and sponsor the game for competitions as there are skillful and future stars that could make the nation proud.
Coach Asaah who made the call in a chart with The Vortex correspondent in Port Harcourt said with funds or sponsorship, they would go out to demonstrate the game in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to further popularize the game and catch young players.
According to him, ‘Abula’ an indigenous sports invented by Elias Yusuf in 1984 was recognized by the Federal Ministry of Education and included in the Primary and Secondary Schools curriculum in 2001, adding that it was first demonstrated as a full game on February 8, 1984 at Idi Araba High School (IDHS), Mushin, Lagos State, but have been facing challenges.
The coach explained that when the game of Abula was first demonstrated at the National Sports Festival in Imo 98, and later introduced as a medal scoring game at Makurdi’ 96 in Benue State, many states participated though the game was dominated by teams from the South-South and South-West with few states in the North.
The Coach further hinted that the game of Abula has four players in a team and played with a bath and a tennis ball. With a dimension of 16ft by eight, and expressed dismay that the game is not given by Nigerians hence not making a headway any more.
Coach Asaah noted that Abula which was chosen as one of the 35 sports during National Sports Festivals is now made optional since Abuja 2018, and further called for Nigerians to encourage the game as talented players abound to make the nation proud in International and National Competitions.
In his contribution, the State Coach of Abula, Akeem Kareem said since the introduction of the game, Rivers State has been doing well by winning all the medals and trophies in Open Championships and National sports Festivals.