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Excitement, Elite Soccer Academy, Britarch Int School Organizes Mini-Football Tourney For Children In FCT

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Elite Soccer Academy powered by Hon Kong based Nigerian coach, Tunde Olokigbe or mostly called coach Tunde partnered with one of the top private schools in Abuja, Britarch International School to organise a mini-football tournament for kids in the Federal Capital Territory over the weekend.

The mini-football tournament which took place at the Britarch International school playing field was indeed a gathering of kids from age 3 to 10 showcasing their football skills to the admiration of the parents, spectators and even the coaches.

The football artistry of the kids actually gave credence to the coaching ability of Elite Soccer Academy who has been taking them through latest football drills the last three months.

And speaking with our correspondent about the event of the day, coach Tunde said:

“We are here to promote football at the early age because we have realize that this is where we are missing it in Nigeria. We hardly concentrate in kids in the primary or early secondary schools. Our attention is mostly on the senior boys which does not help our football development.

“So, what we are trying to do is to catch them from the very early age so that whatever they know starting from now will stay with them.”

Coach Tunde expressed satisfaction with the turnout and display of the kids at the mini football tournament. “It has been great to be honest, and this is because when you look their performances there has been a great improvement. Most of them have not seen serious training like before but just three months that we began you can see their improvement,”.

Meanwhile, the school Director, Chihi Orioha express satisfaction partnering with Elite Soccer Academy noting that their professionalism in the way they go about attending to the kids is second to non in the country.

“When he proposed to work with us I had to go read his profile and also did some background check on him. I saw that he started in Hon Kong and has a very good track record. However, I had not really tried him. So last term we gave him the opportunity to come and run the school Academy and his professionalism is second to none. I mean, you should the training session. Imagine a pilot, something you are doing for the first time. You know the parents are always apprehensive when it comes to allowing their kids join Academies for the first time, but in the first pilot he manage to get on board over a hundred children in the Academy. It’s record breaking.

“This is purely because of the way they organise themselves, they are poised, their attention to details is second to none. What they gave this children in the Academy in my opinion is a lot more than what the parents are actually paying for,” she said

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Volleyball: Nigeria U21 targets 2023 FIVB World Championship ticket- Mohammed

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The Head Coach of Nigeria U21 Men’s Volleyball Team, Sani Mohammed revealed that the country’s aim at the African U21 Nations Championship is to qualify for the 2023 FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship.

Mohammed stated this during a press briefing with journalists at Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) in Kaduna on Friday.

The African U21 Men’s Nations Championship is scheduled for 13th to 23rd August, 2022

He said the technical crew has studied the technicalities other teams especially the North Africa adding that other teams should be wary of Nigeria.

The former National setter said, “We were African U19 Champions and these set of boys attended the FIVB U19 Boys Championship. The boys have graduated to the U21 Men’s category and our target is to qualify for the FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship.

“The team is prepared, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod and his board members have tried their best; it is left for the players and coaches to do their best in Tunisia.”

“The technical crew have been studying the teams that will participate in the tournament because we do not sleep; other teams are wary of our current squad and development.

“We beam our search light on the host; Tunisia and other North African Nations. They feel the U21 is their birthright but this is an opportunity to let the World know we are equally good. Every team has their own strategy and when we meet on the court, the result will show our level of preparedness,” he added.

Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Engineer Musa Nimrod charged the players to be good ambassadors.

Nimrod said the current board members of Nigeria Volleyball Federation are solidly behind the team predicting podium finish for the former African U19 Champions.

The National U21 team departed the country on Friday (11:45pm) at the Nnamadi Azikiwe Airport to Tunisia.

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