2nd December, 2010
Sportscity International Youth Football Academy of Lagos are set for tour of Ghana,Â where they would play international friendly games against Liberty ProfessionalÂ Football Club.
Team Manager/Technical Director of the club, Coach Tunde Ibrahim told P.M. Sports that the their Ghanaian hosts have approved of their proposal to engage the club inÂ friendly matches.
â€œI was in Ghana a few weeks ago to discuss with the management of Liberty Academy.Â The officials of the clubs were glad with the proposal I submitted to them on theÂ friendly matches,â€ he said.
â€œAfter my visit to Ghana, officials of Liberty Academy invited us for the friendlyÂ games through a letter dated 22 October and signed by General Secretary of the club,Â Eric Kwame Kportie. The friendly ties will be held between 7 and 12 December,â€ heÂ said.
Coach Ibrahim revealed that after the tour of Ghana, the management of SportscityÂ International is working out some playing tours of other African countries likeÂ South Africa, Mali, Togo and Senegal for the players.
â€œOur players have been undergoing intensive training for sometime and we thoughtÂ itâ€™s necessary to take them out to garner experience and exposure, especiallyÂ outside the shores of the country. The aim of the academy is to discover and nurtureÂ talent in our youths from different parts of Lagos state and nurture them toÂ national and international limelight,â€ said the former Stationary Stores of LagosÂ star.
â€œI have much confident in our youngsters that they will not disappoint the academyÂ when we get to Ghana. They have been together in the last five years and have doneÂ well in the competitions organised by the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria, YSFON.
â€œThe tour of Ghana,Â among other things,Â will also allow the parents of the playersÂ to see that we are doing our best to expose their wards to the rudiments of theÂ game,â€ he said.
Coach Ibrahim gave kudos to the President of the academy, Francis Enaya, theÂ chairman of Solid Trust Finance and Loan, who has been supportive to the academy.
â€œIt is also very important to commend the effort of the Father of the academy, ChiefÂ Shotobi, the Odofin of Ikoroduland, who has ensured that the academy have theÂ necessary things to take care of the players and the entire team.