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Femi Abioye Advocates for Empowering Nigerian Youth Tech Talent in Football Analysis

Boom RadioNG | May 21, 2024
Femi Abioye, Convener Sports Meets Tech

Femi Abioye, the convener of Sport Meet Tech Africa, a platform dedicated to the interweaving of sports and technology, has advocated for empowering Nigerian youth tech talent to shape the future of football analysis in the country. Abioye’s call comes in the wake of the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) recent appointment of an all-Nigerian coaching crew for the Super Eagles, which he commends as a significant milestone in Nigeria’s sports journey.However, Abioye points out that the inclusion of a foreign professional as a Football Analyst within the crew highlights an area of opportunity for local talent development.

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He emphasizes that football analysis is no longer a luxury but a necessity in the modern game, serving as the backbone of strategic planning and performance enhancement.To address this gap, Abioye calls for the establishment of comprehensive capacity development training programs that cover data analysis, performance metrics, and scouting techniques. He proposes forming partnerships with tech firms and educational institutions to provide the necessary tools and knowledge, while also urging experienced Nigerian analysts, both local and foreign-based, to mentor the next generation.Abioye notes that embracing technological aspects of sports will place Nigeria at the forefront of innovation in African football, as the global sports tech market size is estimated to reach USD 41.8 Billion by 2027.

Femi Abioye, Convener Sports Meets Tech

Femi Abioye, Convener Sports Meets Tech

He believes that investing in this area will not only create jobs for Nigerian youth but also provide a new career pathway for sports enthusiasts.As Nigeria prepares for major events like the Olympic Games, Paris 2024, and other international sports calendars, Abioye urges the Ministry of Sports, the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Olympic-bound federations, corporate sponsors, and the government to support this initiative. He emphasizes the importance of empowering homegrown talent to ensure that the future of Nigerian sports is shaped by Nigerians.Abioye concludes by expressing his belief that together, Nigerians can create a legacy of excellence and innovation in the realm of football analysis and sports technology.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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