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Our Target Is To Nurture Talents To Podium – Makanjuola Nureni



…. As over 5,000 footballers hit Abuja for scouting 

 Joel Ajayi

 Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Water Football Club of Abuja, Mr Makanjuola Nureni has revealed that his desire in life is to help the young talented players by picking them from nowhere, nurturing them until they become great players. 

He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja where over five thousand footballers turned up for the Water FC of Abuja football trail.

The ongoing three-day trial FIFA Goal Project, Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Package B, Abuja, saw thousands of players from across the federation turn up for the screening.

Speaking during the exercise, the soft spoken CEO  Mr Makanjuola said  that Water FC is mainly for people that don’t have support and don’t have connections but they have talents and are unique. 

“Of a truth, 90% of some unique and good players are at home and they are referred as “Housing FC” and we don’t want them to be “Housing FC” anymore, we want them to pursue their dream that’s why Water FC is giving this good platform to young and unique players to come and showcase their talents. 

“We will not demand any money from them but we will give give them a platform to showcase their talent and become great in life in terms of football career”

He said that the trial was meant for players in 3 categories within the age of 13 and 24 years.

“Water FC are looking for young talents from age 13 to16, to groom, age 17 to 19 to take abroad for professional contracts and age 19 to 24 to play in NNL next season. 

“Water FC wants to open doors for them to showcase themselves to any level in their football career”.

However, Water Football Club of Abuja, has produced exceptional players who have played for national teams including U-17, U-20, U-23 and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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Ekiti FA Congratulates Flying Eagles’ Tolulope Ojo On WAFU Cup Heroics



By Akeem Busari 

Ekiti State Football Association has congratulated fast rising forward Tolulope Ojo for his historic feats during the just concluded WAFU U20 Championship held in Niger.

The fast paced attacker featured only in the semi final and the final matches of the competition. 

The Flying Eagles defeated Benin 3-1  in the final to emerge winners and qualify for the AFCON U-20 Championship slated to hold later year in Egypt. And with Ekiti State born and Remo Stars’ attacker Tolulope Ojo scoring a brace in the final match. 

Speaking with Nigeria Sports Centre, Ekiti FA Boss Bayo Olanlege, expressed his happiness on feat of the team, just as he was particularly thrilled by the performances of Ojo, who was discovered during one of the schools football tournaments in the state and then exposed to grassroots club football before he went ahead to don colours of Ekiti United, Bendel Insurance and Remo Stars. 

” We congratulate the Flying Eagles for emerging winners of the WAFU U20 Cup. However, it is more gratifying to note that our own ‘son’ Tolulope Ojo was the hero of the final match. We are indeed, proud of him and happy with his achievements so far,” the youthful football administrator remarked. 

“We also believe that the heroics of Ojo is a testament to the determination of the FA to develop grassroots football in the state and build a sustainable and longer lasting football ecosystem,” he stated confidently. 

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