Nigeriaâ€™s Asegun Comprehensive High School, Ibadan, were Monday crowned champions at the maiden edition of the Nestle Milo African U-13 Championship in South Africa.
The team pipped their opponents, Ghana 4-1 via penalties after hostilities ended goal-less in regulation time.
The tourney had teams from Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast and the host, South Africa competing fiercely for the trophy.
Speaking on phone from South Africa , Nestleâ€™s Category Business Manager (Beverages), Mr. Walter Okafor, who went with the team, said he is happy with the performance of the team and is rest assured that in the next few years, Nigeria will be proud of a vibrant national team.
â€œLet me assure you that this trip for the U-13 team is just the beginning of our commitment to grassroots football development in the country. Since we are convinced that this is the way to go in order to develop football in Nigeria, Nestle and the Milo brand will continue to support â€œcatch them youngâ€ programmes that will ensure the achievement of this objectiveâ€, he said.
The Captain of the team, Olanase Saburi said he is very happy to be the skipper of the team that won the inaugural edition of the Milo U-13 African Football Championship.
â€œThis victory has strengthened my desire to combine football and education, and hopefully I will play for any of the national teams in the near futureâ€, the 12-year old centre forward said.
Speaking on the feat, former Green Eagles skipper, Chief Segun Odegbami, (MON) described the success of the team as an indication that Nigeria can present formidable teams in various youth championships and be able to excel anywhere across the globe.