Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Akpoborie, Mutiu for Glo Soccer Academy

The Legacy pitch at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos will come alive this weekend as "Headmaster" Mutiu Adepoju and Jonathan Akpoborie storm the Glo Soccer Academy screening centre to work with the academy's technical team at the three-day exercise. The exercise starts on today and ends tomorrow.

The arrival of Mutiu and Jonathan, both former national team players, at the screening centre would rekindle the optimism in the boys who will scramble for the five slots at the Lagos centre. In addition, their visit to the screening centre will evoke some nostalgic feeling as it would be a re-union with some of their former colleagues at the national team.

The Glo Soccer Academy Technical Team comprised of Victor Ikpeba, Tijani Babangida, Anthony Baffoe and Zion Ogunfeyinmi, with Segun Odegbami as the chief consultant.

The duo are expected to encourage the boys on their planned foray into soccer as a career, share their personal experiences in age-grade football as well as their career in both national and international football. In the same vein, they are expected to put heads together with the Technical Team to pick the five boys that will be outstanding during the screening exercise.

The screening exercise in Lagos will close the curtain for the Nigerian leg of Glo Soccer Academy screening, and the technical team would beam their search for talents in youth football on the streets of Benin Republic. Already, 15 youthful players have been selected from similar exercise in Ghana.

All selected players in Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic will be pruned down to 33 and will be trained by top coaches from West Africa and Manchester United Football Club. Sixteen finalists will emerge and go on a training tour of the Manchester United Soccer Schools in Carrington, England.

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