Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Ghana’s vice president, made a strong case to the National Football League (NFL), the global governing body in charge of American Professional Football, to establish an NFL Africa Academy in Ghana to unearth and develop talents from Ghana and neighboring countries.
Dr. Bawumia, who hosted a delegation of the NFL on Friday, stressed that Ghana, with a multi-talented youth, as well as being a peaceful and a business-friendly nation, is well-suited for an NFL Africa Academy to help unearth and develop talents for professional American and also create opportunities for the youth.
The NFL has thus selected Ghana to host an NFL Africa Camp in June this year, to identify talents for development.
On the long-term promotion and development of NFL in Ghana and the African continent, Dr. Bawumia noted that establishing an academy, in the model of a football academy, will be a great way developing NFL talents and also providing the youth alternative career paths through education and sports.
He assured the NFL delegation of the government’s commitment to sports development, as well as its willingness to support positive sports initiatives, which open doors to the youth of the country.
As the NFL searches for potential players globally, it has held international combines in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. This season, in addition to four regular-season games in London, the NFL will play for the first time in the regular season in Munich.