Somewhere in Nigeria is a new Nwankwo Kanu or a Jay-Jay Okocha, but it is not easy for the thousands of hopefuls to get a step on the ladder. Barcelona football club is looking to give some of them a chance with its first academy in Lagos.
Nigeria has hundreds of football academies but few put their trainees on the road to a contract in Europe. Based on the standards of the Catalan club, a school in Lagos, Bescola Soccer School, will take in 400 footballers in its first season with the hope to boost the level of the game.
The country has once again missed out on yet another cup of nations and Barcelona, isn’t the only club with its eye on Nigeria. France’s Paris Saint-Germain also has a presence in the country and for football hopefuls, the more the better.
“This is going to be a revolution for Nigerian players and Nigerian football,” says Leslie Oghomienor, Director of Bescola soccer School. “The local league will also benefit because there are also coaches that have been trained and those coaches are going to go out into the market”
Oghomienor says the graduates of the academy will also go into the Nigerian league and other leagues across West Africa.
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