Abakaliki — Scouts from top European clubs have arrived in Ebonyi State to scout for young players from a grassroots football tournament sponsored by Senator Obinna Ogba.The competition, which was held at Pa Ngele Township Stadium Abakaliki, ended at the weekend.
The scouts, some from top European teams as La Liga giant, Real Madrid, Premiership top club, Manchester United and FC Porto of Portugal, were at the stadium to run the rules over players 18 years and below paraded by more than 20 academies drawn from across the country.On hand to guide the scouts and the team were Super Eagles star, Mikel Agu's agent, Chinedu Amadi and former national team player, Chikelue Iloanusi, among others.
Speaking to journalists at the end of the exercise, Senator Ogba said he invited the scouts from the big European clubs to select young talents and nurture them to stardom.
The Senate Committee Chairman on Sports, who described sports as a unifying factor in Nigeria and the world in general, said the tournament was aimed at giving the less privileged but talented Ebonyi youths the opportunity to find better future using their skills.He revealed that those selected by the scouts would be invited by the different clubs for trials and if they were successful would be absorbed into the team.
Senator Ogba, who described football as a big business, noted that apart from uniting the people, it has also gone a long way in reducing crime in the country.He praised Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Pa Ngele Township Stadium, noting that the arena was currently one of the best in the country.
Some of the dignitaries at the tournament described it as a huge success and urged other National Assembly members to fashion out programmes that would bring youth development to all the nooks and crannies of the state.