16th December, 2010
The Pepsi Football Academy Youth League, otherwise known as the Pepsi Festival,Â which commence on Tuesday at the Football College Orile Imo near Abeokuta,Â OgunÂ State will end today.
The tournament, that featured students of U-13 and U-15 teams of the Academy, sawÂ the youngsters exhibiting their skills in Ogun State. In the first matches in theÂ U-13 group PFA North 1 defeated PFA Lagos 1 team 2-0, while PFA West 2 lost 0-1 toÂ the Football College team. The final matches hold this afternoon before the closingÂ ceremony.
After watching the kids in action, Director of Pepsi Football Academy, Dr. KasimawoÂ Laloko said the future of Nigerian football is very bright, noting that the footballÂ administrators need to do extra work to identify and harness the abundant youngÂ talents in the country.
It was gathered that Nigerian coaches, who are often accused of fielding overageÂ players in age-grade international competitions did not show up at the footballÂ festival in Ogun State.