Lagos - National U-23 coach Samson Siasia has hailed AFU Football Academy after they emerged the winner of the 2014 edition of Nigeria’s foremost grassroots football competition The Achievas Cup, defeating Ethiopia 5-4 on penalties.
Siasia who is currently screening players for the Olympic team also admitted that the process has been strenuous but was quick to add that it was paramount to give all the players a fair chance to showcase their talent.
"I have been impressed with the standard of play here and I have seen a couple of players that should be given a trial," he told to the media.
"But I must admit it has not been easy staying under the sun from 8am to 6pm daily looking out for quality players."
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In addition to being crowned champions of the third edition of the tourney, the team also walked away with the grand prize of N300 000.
With the victory, the AFU Football Academy team has its name written in the annals of the Football tournament. Second placed Ethiopia FC walked away with the sum of N200 000. The football tournament’s third placed team, Kufre FC, was rewarded with N100 000, after edging Samba FC 2-1 in the competition’s bronze medal match.
For his outstanding display of dazzling dribbles and goals, Onyeka Chukwuka of AFU FC emerged the competition’s Most Valuable Player. With a tally of five goals in the competition, Festus Ajah of St Mary's Academy was awarded with the competition’s Golden Boot award. Both Players also got cash rewards while Kufre Fc's Christian Nwoke won the golden glove award.
Siasia has invited 47 foreign based players for trials ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.
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