16th September, 2010
Samuel Alebiosu,Team Manager of Sports Evangelist Football Academy of Lagos Island speaks onÂ the challenges facing the academy with SUNDAY AKINTOYE
When did you establish your Academy?
I founded the the Academy in 2005 on Lagos Island. I started with 20 players, but I am notÂ happy that the academy has not really achieved much since inception.
What do you mean that the Academy has not achieved?
If you check other academies thatÂ started after my own, you will realise that they haveÂ gone far, considering what they haveÂ achieved. I donâ€™t have quality players. Most of myÂ playersÂ find it difficult toÂ understand the basic rules of the game. I think we still haveÂ a long way to goÂ if we want to win any trophy.
Are you saying that your Academy cannot win any laurel this year?
I doubt it. We donâ€™t have what it takes to do well in a a championship. I need to getÂ quality players before thinking of winning laurels.
What are the challenges facing the academy?
We donâ€™t have a goodÂ football pitch to train our players.
We train on a small pitch at Adeniji Express way, Lagos Island, but the place is notÂ conduciveÂ for our players. Our players are exposed to dangers, any time they train there.Â Â I am looking for a conducive place for our players to train.
Where do you see your Academy in nearest future then?
I see the academy in a better position but for now, we areÂ still struggling to survive.