Lagos - General Manager of Umuahia based Diamond Football
Academy Prince Victor Okechukwu Apugo has stated that the club are taking extra
care to study offers on the table for their two prized assets Kelechi Nwakali
and Samuel Chukwueze before reaching a decision on which club they will join
Prince Apugo who oversees the day-to-day running of the
model academy said the players’ career development is uppermost in their minds
and that the Academy will pick a club where they are comfortable that their
players will benefit and develop at.
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"Samuel is like my son, I am his legal guardian and I
have been taking good care of him for many years now. Likewise Kelechi, so
naturally I would want the best for them.
“Both players have great potentials and we cannot afford to
let money becloud our judgement in choosing a club for them. Our priority is
their development and we are determined to ensure this is put into
consideration before we accept any offers for them. Already we are deep in
discussions and have gone very far with a big club with a rich history of
encouraging young players and giving them chances.
“At the fullness of time, when the deal is sealed the whole
world will know and agree with us that we made the best choice for the
players,” said Prince Apugo who aside being the General Manager of Diamond
Academy is also into large scale farming and oil and gas.
Prince Apugo further revealed that his academy is more than
just about their U17 World Cup Chile 2015 winning stars Kelechi Nwakali and
Samuel Chukwueze. According to him, there are many more Nwakalis and Chukwuezes
in Diamond Academy and with the way the academy is modelled, very soon many
more of these budding talent will be brought to the limelight.
News24 leant that Belgian club Standard Liege, and
English sides Manchester City and Arsenal are some of the big clubs seeking the
services of the players.
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