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Over 5,000 Players Turn Up For Water FC Football Trial in Abuja



Joel Ajayi

Over five thousand footballers on Wednesday turned up for the Water FC of Abuja football trail.

The trial which was announced by the management of Water FC five days ago, is meant for players within the age of 13 and 24 years.

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.

Addressing the players before the commencement of the trial, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Water FC, Mr Makanjuola Nureni thanked the players for finding time to be part of the trial and prayed God to favour them.

“We gave out the announcement in a short notice and today, we have this large crowd. You are here because you have the passion to play football at the professional level

“This trial offers you that opportunity. However, not everyone who is here will be selected. We have our criteria in making our selections.”

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

Prominent among players churned out by the academy for the national teams include Babatunde Michael, Okechukwu Gabriel, Adewale Oladoye, Success Makanjuola, Chinonso Emeka among others.

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NLO 1 : Fosla FC Beat Unruly Basira FC To Open up Six points Lead In Group F1



Fosla FC of Karshi Abuja at the weekend beat an ‘unruly’ Basira FC of Lafia by two goals to one, in one of the Group F1 of the Matchday 12 fixtures of NLO Division 1 League.

The match which was played at Fosla FC Stadium Karshi Abuja saw the visitors contesting all the decisions of the referees, until they scored a beauty of goal in the 26th minutes of the game. A through pass from the right wing was beautifully converted by a pacy attacker from the Basira team.

It became a ding dong affairs until the 36th minute of play when a corner kick beautifully taken by Abdullahi Mohammed (Kekere) was poorly handled by the visitors goalkeeper, and was nodded in by Ofozie ThankGod for the equalizer. The visitors held on to the match for about 6 minutes before game resumed again.

The second second half saw many stoppages and disruptions until the 86th minutes when Abdullahi Mohammed (Kekere) swing a free kick into the net for the second goal. The visitors refused to continue the match on the instructions of their Proprietor, until the referee blew his whistle at the expiration of the regular time and added time.

With the win, Fosla FC opened a 6 points leadership with 20 pts from 10 Matches, scoring 15 goals and conceding 7 goals. They are followed by Police FC with 14 pts, scoring 14 goals and conceding 11 goals. Police had at the weekend threw away a three zero lead against Supreme Court, and ended the game at 3 goals at piece. Same way they surrendered a four goals lead in the first stanza, ending up at 4-4.

Supreme Court FC has 13 pts with 16 goals advantage and 17 goals against. Setraco FC also have 13pts with 11 goals for, and 12 goals against.

Flight FC of Gboko have 12pts with 9 goals in favor and 6 goals against. Basira FC of Lafia has 12pts with 12 goals advantage and , 12 against. Mavlon FC and Onyibe FC are putting up the rear with 10 points and 8 points respectively.

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