Remo Stars of Ikenne is fast emerging as the model football club in Nigeria as the youth side of the outfit emerged the winners of the MTN/NPL/La Liga U-15 championship.
In what could be likened a ‘Star War’, Remo Stars cadet team beat their Sunshine Stars counterparts 2-0 to become Nigeria’s Number on youth side.
They are following the footsteps of the senior side which despite having a season in the Nigerian elite league after their last season’s promotion from the second-tier league, they are already one of the trio contesting for the Nigerian championship.
A worse case scenario may see the pet project of their silent proprietor going continental next season either in the CAF Champions League or the Confederation Cup.
Showing good structure and building an ideal football resort in the hitherto sleepy town of Ikenne, the U15 side is already pointing to the future of the club after brushing aside the other 14 teams to emerge winners of the fourth edition of the MTN-NPFL-La Liga powered championship.
In beating Sunshine Stars, Remo Stars took the lead in the 15th minute through Arierhi Kparobo who was in superlative form throughout the tournament .
The second half saw some breathtaking saves from both keepers as the shots kept increasing. Ultimately, Kparobo got his brace after a well struck shot inside the box leading his team to victory.
Speaking after the final, Senior Manager, Sponsorship and Promotion, MTN Nigeria Limited, Osaze Ebueku, praised the tournament for showcasing and advancing grassroots football.
“We saw the talents that came through, we saw how passionate the players were and this is the future of our football. Grassroots football is where we are looking forward to getting stars into the Super Eagles.
“I am highly impressed with what the players displayed since the commencement of the tournament and at the finals. The tournament has really improved and I am proud of the players that participated. What this means is that the future of our football is very bright and we are proud. He added
In the third-place match which took place earlier in the day, Katsina United edged out Kano Pillars 5-4 on penalties after the two sides played out a nail biting 2-2 draw.
Recall that in September last year, the Telco giant signed a partnership with the Nigerian Football Federation to become the Official Communications sponsor of the Super Eagles and other national teams.
This partnership sees MTN execute several exciting activities around Nigerian football, allowing football lovers to enjoy the sport uniquely.