De Fash Targets 2,500 Players For Screening

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As part of its efforts to add value to grassroots football and also create a platform for Nigerian young players to gain international exposure, De Fash Football International Promotions, has concluded plans to organise a screening exercise tagged DE Fash International Football Promo 2012.

At least 2,500 players across Nigeria are expected to take part in the screening exercise scheduled to hold at Alade Sports Complex, Command, Ipaja, Lagos.

Project Coordinator of the programme, Bamigbade Oluwaseyi, said the football event is opened to players between 15 to 20 years, who would have the opportunity to train under the tutelage of former Nigerian internationals, Tajudeen Disu, Joe Erico and Emmanuel Babayaro, for a couple of months.

Oluwaseyi explained that De Fash Football International had registered with the Association of Proprietor of Football Academy of Nigeria, APFAN, and would work with the Ministry of Education to ascertain the real age of the prospective players, especially those who are still in school.

“A lot of players have started registering for the programme. We are targeting 2,500 players nationwide so that we can get the best players to form a football club and an academy,” said Bamigbade, who disclosed that over 1,000 players have so far registered.

He said that the selected players from the screening exercise would play friendly matches with some amateur clubs for the coaches in charge will assess their performance.

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He disclosed that some foreign football scouts have agreed to support the programme with the view of selecting the best players who would go for trials in Europe and America, adding that they will contact Lagos State Football Association for technical support.

“Instead of taking all the players abroad for foreign trials, we are inviting our scouts from Brazil and USA to come and assess our players that are good enough,” he said.

The publisher of DE Fash magazine  disclosed that apart from the screening exercise, there will also be a seminar/ workshop for the registered players during the programme

According to him, the essence of the programme is to develop grassroots football, since it has been discovered that grassroots football is the bedrock of Nigerian football. He added that the event would help the young players to start their professional both at home and abroad.

—Sunday Akintoye

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