Be Good Ambassadors, Amosun Charges Uplifting Stars On Italy Tour0
WIFE of the Ogun State Governor, Olufunso Amosun, on Tuesday charged the 22 players selected from her pet project, UPLIFTing Football Talent Hunt, who started a training tour of Italy yesterday, to be good ambassadors of the country.
The 22 players, drawn from secondary schools from across Ogun State, alongside their parents, were hosted to a send-forth party by Mrs. Amosun in Abeokuta on Tuesday preparatory to their journey to Udinese, Italy, yesterday.
Speaking during the programme, Amosun reminded the players that they were lucky to be chosen from among the thousands of children that entered the talent hunt, and urged them to justify the resources spent on them by listening to their coaches and making good use of the opportunity to better their lives.
Explaining the rationale for the programme, Amosun said, “having identified academic excellence among our children, we realised that we also have talents in sports, so we decided to also help those talented youths to make good use of their talents for the good of the society.
“The children here are those identified to have exceptional talents in football, we are taking them to Italy for a summer camp where they will be exposed to international football under some of the best coaches in the game.
“What they will do in Udinese is to train with modern facilities, play friendly games and hone their skills in such a way that they will be ready for competition they are involved in so long as it is for players of their age grade.
“More importantly, the programme will expose them to international scouts, who might find then good for European clubs and recruit them.”
She explained that the 22 players were drawn from 15 young lads identified by a consortium of coaches as astonishingly outstanding, and seven others adjudged as ‘wonders in boots.’
Mindful of the fact that the children are all minors and in full time education, Amosun stressed that the programme was conceived in such a way that it would not disturb their studies, insisting that the UPLIFT footballer’s skills must be built on solid educational foundation.
Source: OGTV Website