Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: 10 Emerge At Lagos Glo Soccer Academy Screening

Ten have emerged as outstanding players at the Lagos screening of the Glo Soccer Academy. The screening attracted thousands of youthful footballers within the age bracket of 14-17 years who trooped en masse to the National Stadium, Surulere. They were accompanied by their parents and guardians.

They include two goalkeepers: Okechukwu Daniel and Itua Osayi, defenders: Nwafor Samuel, Aliu Adamu, and Reuben George; Midfielders: Emeka Okolie, Tobe Nwaribeaku, Willy Joseph and Eteobong Akpan and Striker; Ayinde Sodiq.

The Lagos exercise drew the curtain on the Nigerian leg of Glo Soccer Academy screening while the technical team continues their search for talents in youth football on the streets of Benin Republic between 13th and 14th November, 2012. Already, 15 youthful players have been selected from similar exercises in Ghana.

Ex-international and former Stuttgart of Germany Striker, Jonathan Akpoborie, described the Glo Soccer Academy as another platform of empowering Nigerian Youth and reducing social vices in the country.

Jonathan who was at the Legacy pitch, National Stadium venue of the Glo Academy screening exercise in Lagos over the weekend, joined the technical team comprising Victor Ikpeba, Tijani Babangida, Anthony Baffoe, Mutiu Adepoju, Zion Ogunfeyinmi, and Segun Odegbami to select the top ten candidates out of thousands of talented footballers that registered for the exercise. He described the Academy as the viable platform for talents to showcase their skills.

ing like this in our own days, we practically rose through the ranks". He added that football helped to shape his life and shift his attention from vices that were common among the youths in his younger days in Ajegunle.

He called on Nigerian youths to make maximum use of the opportunity offered by the Glo Soccer Academy to fast track their football career and called on other corporate organisations to emulate Globacom in developing youth talents in football. Ex- Super Eagles Midfielder, Mutiu 'Headmaster' Adepoju commended Globacom for initiating the Academy. He said he was optimistic that the national eams would benefit immensely from the talents that the Academy would produce.

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