2nd November, 2012
Veteran footballer, Jossy Dombraye has commended Globacom’s Chairman Dr Mike Adenuga (GCON) for initiating the Globacom Soccer Academy which is meant to discover talented male footballers between the ages of 14 and 17 in Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic.
A highly elated Dombraye stated this when he paid a visit to the Academy’s sixth screening centre at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt on Wednesday and Thursday.
He said he was not surprised because of Dr Adenuga’s consistent support for football development on the continent and urged other eminent Africans to emulate him by supporting and initiating developmental programmes like the soccer academy across all sporting activities.
At the end of the screening exercise in Port Harcourt five exceptionally talented young footballers : James Samson, Junior Sunday, Muri Lawal, Esonu Ukechukwu and Dayebiye Buguma were picked for the semi – finals of the Glo Soccer Academy out of over five hundred and sixty applicants that registered in the zone.
Addressing the footballers after the selection, the Team Manager, Glo Soccer Academy, Victor Ikpeba enjoined all those who were not lucky this time not to be discouraged but continue to work hard on their weak areas in order to become great footballers in future. “…don’t give up the fight and do not neglect your education.
This is why this academy is giving out scholarships to those who make it to the finals. Please try again next year’’ the former African Footballer of the Year told the young boys.
Meanwhile, Ex- Super Eagles and midfield maestro, Garba Lawal is expected join the screening train as the nationwide hunt for football talents moves to the Legacy Pitch of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja next week (Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th November, 2012 ) where it would pick another set of five players for the semi finals of the Glo Soccer Academy.
Thousands of young football loving youths have besieged Globacom Regional office in Abuja to formalize registration for the Glo Soccer Academy selection exercise. The programme is open to boys between the ages of 14 and 17 years and they are expected to text their name, age and preferred screening location to 3836 to register for the academy.
The Glo Soccer Academy has held screening exercises in Accra, Kumasi,Tamale Benin City and Enugu and port Harcourt.