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GloSoccer Academy to sponsor 15 youths on training tour

06 November 2012, 08:13

Abuja - Mr Tijani Babangida, the Coordinator of the GloSoccer Academy Dream Team programme and former Super Eagles striker, said 15 players would be sponsored for a two-week training tour of Manchester United Football School in England.

Babangida told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that five players would be picked from every zone.

"Abuja has over 700 but only five players will be chosen to go to Lagos for the semi-finals.

"In Ghana, we went to three zones and we picked only 15 players (five from each zone).

"In Nigeria, we are going to take 25 players from five zones, while Benin Republic will have the opportunity of presenting 10.

"In all, we will have a total of 50 players in Lagos for screening which will be pruned down to 33 and finally to 15, for the Manchester trip," Babangida said.

He explained that the programme was part of efforts geared toward developing grassroots football in the country.

"The best player among the 15 will go home with N5 million, while others will have N1 million each in addition to their Manchester United trip."

He said that N750 000 would be given to the players on their return from London as scholarship, to carter for their education.

No fewer than 700 youths attended the screening at the Old Parade ground sports complex in Abuja on Monday.

NAN reports players between the ages of 14 years and 17 years took part in the two day event, designed to combine football and education.


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