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Akpoborie backs anti-violence campaign



Former Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie has thrown his weight behind the 1-GAME football without violence campaign saying it was necessary for the growth of the game.

The former VFL Wolfsburg and VFB Stuttgart forward informed 1 GAME founder Philip Obaji of his pledge to the campaign from his base in Karlsruhe.

“I am glad to be part of 1 GAME. It gives me satisfaction to see that this campaign is committed to eradicating football violence at all levels. I have been part of this initiative from the onset but it’s a different feeling to speak about my involvement to the entire world.”

The 42-year old explained that he had been impressed with the ground breaking innovations of the campaign insisting that football violence would soon be kicked out if the trend is maintained. Akpoborie revealed that he had spoken to a number of his friends about the initiative.

“What 1 GAME is doing is great and very necessary for football development. We all must support this initiative. I will speak about it to my friends and colleagues in Germany and Switzerland and I am sure they see it as a brilliant idea,” he said.

Meanwhile NFF president Aminu Maigari has also added his voice in support of the 1 GAME anti violence crusade.

Maigari who has since signed up with 1 GAME said the founder should be encouraged to succeed in the project.

“Obaji must be commended. He has done well and must be encouraged. The federation will do everything in its powers to encourage people with ideas that will help the growth of the game,” Maigari told SuperSport.com.

The 1-GAME campaign was founded in June 2010 with the aim of combating violence and fanaticism in football.

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