The Northbank area of Makurdi, Benue State came alive last week when the latest evictee from the Glo Soccer Academy, Anthony Obonogwu was treated to a vivacious reception by his community who celebrated his exposure to international training at the Academy in grand style. In the same vein Ekeki High Chief, Bennard Zebie Odoki described Buguma Dawebiye as an hero of the Ekeki community in Bayelsa State.
Chief Odoki made the remark when he received Buguma from Globacom representatives. He was full of praises for Globacom for initiating the concept of the Academy.
In Makurdi, leader of the Idoma clan in the area, Chief Joseph Odaudu expressed happiness on the importance of having a boy from the area in the Glo Soccer Academy. "It s a thing of joy for this community to be represented at the Glo Soccer Academy. Although Anthony did not win, we are quite happy and delighted that one of ours was among the thirty three boys that were selected among thousands of youths in West Africa."
Anthony Obonogwu thanked the management of Globacom for the trainings he received from the combination of local and international coaches at the academy. He said his participation at the academy will assist him greatly in his football career.
Chief Odoki in Bayelsa described the academy as a first step towards football development in Nigeria, adding that youths like Buguma who are being trained by Globacom today will become very useful in the Nigerian football circle in the nearest future. 'Globacom is preparing this young ones for the future, and I see them taking over our national teams in few years to come," Chief Odoki said.
Buguma Dawebiye and Anthony Obonogwu were one of the 33 players selected from over 7,000 youths screened in Nigeria, Ghana and the Republic of Benin for the Glo Soccer Academy. While at the Academy, Buguma had the rare opportunity of being trained by two UEFA Grade 'A' Coaches from the youth arm of the popular Manchester United football club in the UK, and the technical team of the academy led by ex-international, Victor Ikpeba.