Lagos - The Keke High School junior football team will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to participate in a football tournament sponsored by Etisalat, the mobile network operator.
The Ifako-Ijaiye-based youngsters, as reward for winning the Etisalat FC Barcelona U-17 School Cup, will play against hosts Al Yasmina School in Abu Dhabi.
The international school friendly, billed for January 13 and 14, is expected to excite lovers of youth football in both countries while also exposing the talents of the young footballers at international stage.
Matthew Willsher, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, revealed the youngsters were scheduled to leave Lagos on Wednesday for the Far East.
“The boys are in good spirits and are already looking forward to the trip with excitement. We have high hopes that the team will make Nigeria proud in the UAE,” he said.
The Keke High School team, with a full complement of their coaches and parents is expected back in Nigeria 14 January, 2014.
Speaking about the tournament, Willsher said, “Since signing a partnership deal with Spanish Football Club, FC Barcelona in 2009, we have continued to provide our subscribers with the best of both worlds – our world class quality of service and the best in football by FC Barcelona.”
He expressed excitement that the game was coming at a time that Nigerian football could be said to be on a high, with the Super Eagles qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil and the Golden Eaglets winning the FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE recently.
The Etisalat FCB U17 schools championship, a 5-aside tourney involving 16 schools in Lagos kicked off last August and rounded off with a thrilling final at the Campos Square Mini Stadium, Lagos Island with Keke High School carting home the trophy and a winning prize money of N1 million as well as this trip to UAE.
The first and second runner-ups smiled home with N750 000 and N500 000 respectively.
- CAJ News