21st July, 2010
Pepsi Football Academy’s Ebuka Umeh and Emeka Ezeh have been awarded scholarships to train and school at the Brooke House College Football Academy in of England for the next three years.
The players were picked as the best candidates after about four days of screening. They won the hearts of a consortium of local and foreign-based coaches who attended the four-day training programme held at the Football College in Orile-Imo, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Coach Kashimawo Laloko,Â Proprietor and the Co-ordinator of the academy told P.M.Sports that the beneficiaries are scheduled to leave the countryÂ next month to commence the training exercise in London.
â€œI think these two boys have proven to be good players with very bright future, but I still want to urge them to keep their heads low and make sure that they behave well as the countryâ€™s ambassadors in England.
â€œApart from these two players going to England, we also have four other players who we may consider to join their colleagues in England as soon as plans are concluded.
â€œLet me at this point appreciate the efforts of Pepsi Nigeria Plc and Brooke House College for making these young ones realise their dreams,â€ said Laloko.
â€œPepsi Football Academy with the sponsorship and support of Pepsi Nigeria Plc has produced over 25 players for the national teams since inception about 16 years ago,â€ the former Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Technical Director noted.
Brooke House Academyâ€™s Giles Williams, Luke Williams, Pepsi Consultant, Mr. Ian Nelson, Ex-Eagle, Charles Bassey (MON) and a host of local coaches took part in the exercise.