12th September, 2012
Leading telecommunications company, Globacom has demonstrated its commitment to sports development in West Africa as it unveils the Glo Soccer Academy; a TV Reality show tagged The Dream Team in Lagos yesterday.
Speaking during a press conference held to formally launch the project, Globacom’s Director of Events and Sponsorships, Bode Opeseitan said the Glo Soccer Academy was conceived to discover and train talented young footballers in Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic.
He said the company is “proud to float the Glo Soccer Academy which is expected to discover young talent, teach and groom them to become world-class footballers who can compete with their contemporaries anywhere in the world and shine like trillion stars”.
He said the Academy aims at providing a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for young talented footballers to kick-start their career in professional football, adding that the Academy is designed to scout through key locations in West Africa in order to screen thousands of promising youngsters out of which 33 talented finalists will be camped in a soccer academy in Lagos and trained by celebrity coaches from West Africa and Manchester United for five weeks. From this lot, 16 participants will emerge as the best of the pack with mouth-watering perks including cash prizes, scholarships and a training tour of the Manchester United Soccer School in the UK.
“Our sponsorship of the Academy is in line with Globacom’s commitment to constantly develop and promote the game of football in Africa as a socially responsible indigenous company,” said the Glo representative.