Governor Amosun’s Wife Organises Competition to Identify Talented Footballers0
Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has organised a football competition open to all male talented students in government-owed secondary schools in the state between the ages of 13 and 15 from the 1st to 6th of April, 2013.
The competition, which would have in attendance Mr. Jim Colston, a renowned scout for the English Premiership League in the United Kingdom, is designed to identify talented footballers and give them opportunity to enhance their football talents in Europe.
In a statement from the Office of the Wife of the Governor, the programme tagged UPLIFTing Under-15 Grassroot Football is designed to identify young people with flair and passion for the game of soccer and to help them build their skills and expose the best team that emerges to international opportunity.
For ease of selection and identification, the 20 local government areas have been split into four divisions namely Yewa, Remo, Ijebu and Egba with an independent panel and all the local government chairmen to authenticate the screening process.
Each division is expected to select its 20 best Under-15 footballers and they would be paired for the semi-final matches and finals respectively at a venue in Abeokuta on dates that will be convey to the general public. The players would have opportunity to train with Colston and his team, and each player will undertake a premier league standard scouting assessment exercise.
Jim Colston has worked with coaches like the late Sir Bobby Robson (Newcastle United and England); Neil Lennon (Celtic FC) and Kevin Blackwell (Leeds United, Luton and Sheffield United). Colston owns a coaching academy, Southern Academy Football Association which has successfully scouted players for the Arsenal, Tottenham, Brighton & Hove, Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Liverpool amongst others.
Source: OGTV website