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Coaches laud football scouting programme

25 October 2013, 10:27

Abuja - Football coaches in Lagos on Thursday lauded the Scouting and Marketing Football Programme held on October 23 at the Astro Turf of the National Stadium, Surulere.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the one-day programme was organised by four Lagos-based football clubs.

The clubs were: Team 360 FC, Tiki Taka Nigeria FC, Real United FC and George Best 11 FC.

Speaking in separate interviews with NAN, the coaches said that they were impressed with the programme, because it served as an avenue to scout for potential talents.

Akeem Hamza, one of the organisers of the programme, said that it was to give talented players the opportunity to  showcase their skills, to attract potential investors.

Hamza, who is the Director of Team 360 FC, said: "The whole thing is just to give upcoming talents a chance to make it into notable local football clubs and who knows, from there, may be international clubs too.

"Some coaches from reputable clubs such as Prime FC, Kano Pillars FC, among others, are here to scout for possible future stars they can use in the next season.

Ramson Madu, the sssistant coach of Heartland FC of Owerri, expressed satisfaction with the level of strategy some of the players exhibited on the pitch.

Madu said that a lot of the players had the potential to make it into Heartland FC and other known football clubs in the country.

Yekini Ayodeji, chief coach of Prime FC of Osogbo, said that the programme highlighted that there was an abundance of talents in the country that only needed to be discovered and groomed.

"Most of the footballers here just need some follow up programmes and be exposure to proper tournaments and in a short while, they will become formidable players,” he said.

Ayodeji said that he already had his “eyes-out” for four players who he said would be invited to the club, before the commencement of the next season.

The coach, however, refused to disclose who the players were, saying that he would not want “to let the cat out of the bag” until the season begins.



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