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FIFA licensed Spanish scouts select 15 Imo State football talents for trials in Europe



A week long screening of over 1000  young football talents at Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri  by three FIFA certified scouts,  has ended with promising results for football development in Imo State.

The football scouts worked in conjunction with Chief  Michael Amaefule the Chairman of Kun Khalifa Football Club Owerri.

The trio of three Spanish Scouts; Clovis Govn, Pako Pepe Daswani and Palo PepaTrijilo, conducted the Herculean task of selecting 48 young talents out of 1000 during the preliminary trial exercise that eventually produced 15 budding  stars that have been slated for Europe in pursuit of their respective football careers in the coming weeks and months .

The FIFA licensed scouts expressed satisfaction with the exercise and commended Nigeria and Imo State in particular for having the abundant untapped football talents and assured that when adequately harnessed in Europe, the 15 young talents will make Nigeria proud .

In  his comments, the Ahiazu Mbaise Imo State  born  Chairman of Kun Khalifa Football Club of  Owerri Chief Michael Amaefule the sponsor of the programme, pledged to continue to eradicate idleness and poverty amongst youths by supporting football talents hunts and development.

He  appealed to Imo State  Government to assist in identifying talented youths with the enabling environment such as scholarship backed empowerment initiatives  for them to excel within and outside Nigeria.


Deputy Speaker Imo State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Chyna Amara Iwuanyanwu and the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Developmen,  Dan Ogu in their separate speeches promised that the shared prosperity government of Senator Hope Uzodinma Governor of Imo State, will not relent in its avowed determination to continue to initiate youth friendly policies and programmes that will uplift youths in Imo State to the next level.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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