2nd September, 2010
Youth football teams drawn from leading academies from the West African sub region will joinÂ the Pepsi Football Academy in a special edition of the Pepsi U-17 International Tournament toÂ celebrate 50 years of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc in Nigeria.
The teams include Afad Football Academy of Cote Dâ€™Ivoire, Liberty Professionals, Ghana andÂ Liberty Academy, Togo.
The visiting teams will be joined by the Lagos State Youth team to trade tackles with the PepsiÂ Football Academy lads in what promises to be a prodigious display of football skills.
The tournament which will hold at the MKO Abiola stadium and Abeokuta Grammar School both inÂ Abeokuta will take place between 3 September and 11 September.
Director of Pepsi Football Academy, Dr. Kasimawo Laloko, said the academies invited are rankedÂ among the best in the region with rich tradition of producing excellent young football talents.
He said the Pepsi Football Academy youngsters are well prepared for this tournament and willÂ match the visiting teams skills for skills.
Commenting on this special edition of the Pepsi U-17 international tournament, Mr. Iain Nelson,Â Consultant to the Pepsi Football Academy, said: â€œPepsi Football Academy has a reason toÂ celebrate with Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc on its 50th anniversary. The academy has enjoyedÂ excellent support and encouragement from the company in the past 18 years, which has seen itÂ discovered, nurtured and developed fully fledged world class football professionals plyingÂ their trade for different clubs in Nigeria, in the national teams and Europe.â€
Former students of Pepsi Academy include John Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, Onyekachi Apam,Â Solomon Okoronkwo, Isaac Promise and Elderson Chiejile among others.
Football lovers who are expected to throng the two venues for the matches have been assured ofÂ excellent hospitality and freebies from Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc in the spirit of its 50thÂ anniversary celebration.