“What I have seen are assemblage of genuine U20 players and I want to applaud the organizers and sponsor for doing the right think. The matches have gone without hitches and protest because everyone recognizes that these players are not overage.”Tajudeen Ajide who watched the semi-final matches in company of other ex-internationals said he is happy to with the organisation and the quality of play. “I have seen quality players here and the good thing is that they are young too. We have penciled down their names and this is what we want so as to add my own quota to development of youth and grassroots football in the country. In-fact most of these players are in secondary schools.”Dr Francis Akinremi, national president of Association of Proprietors of Football Academies of Nigeria (APFAN), organizers of the championship added that winner and first and second runners up, top scorer and most valuable player will be handsomely rewarded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Puma Football Academy and Ify Babes have qualified for the final of the ongoing Ajide U20 football championship in Lagos Puma FA defeated FC Phoenix 2-1 in the first semi-final played at the Hockey Pitch of the Surulere National Stadium while high-scoring Ify Babes beat another tournament revelation Banjoh FA 4-2 to get the second final ticket.The second match was particularly interesting with flurry of goals coming in the second half after the first half finished 1-0 in favour Ify Babes.Proprietor and coach of Banjoh FA, Kamilu Banjo said they have put behind them the semi-final loss and look forward to winning the third place match against FC Phoenix.The third place and final matches take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Legacy pitch of the National Stadium.Ex-international and former captain of defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, Tajudeen Disu, has thumbed up the tournament for throwing up genuine U20 players.
Technical Adviser of Nigeria’s Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has said ‘it will not be easy’ for players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to break into the first team because of the level of competition from their foreign-based counterparts.The home-based Eagles who are coached by Salisu Yusuf, are currently training in Kano in preparation for a 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifying double-header with the Squirrels of Benin later this month.Speaking in Kano after watching the team’s training session on Tuesday, the Franco-German tactician expressed satisfaction with their performance, even as he hinted that the door is open for the impressive players amongst them.“The CHAN team is the team of my assistant, Salisu (Yusuf),” Rohr said. “He made the first training this morning.“I saw the players and I told them that the door is open for the National Team but we want to have motivated players and players capable of playing good football with us and to have good discipline also.“I saw the training; it was OK on the synthetic pitch of Kano (Sani Abacha stadium). I think they are preparing well against Benin – Benin is a good team that eliminated Togo.“So I will have a look and I will watch them. It will not be easy for them to come to the Super Eagles ‘A’ team because we have a lot of players in Europe who have a good preparation now for the season. And we have good news from some of them. They are fit and they are playing friendly games.“It’s good to have a good competition between the players to come in my list,” the former Burkina Faso and Gabon coach stated.Some of the local stars will be hoping to make Rohr’s list to face African Champions, Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifier early next month in Uyo. Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ROHR-August-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Related
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