The trials for the MTN Football Scholar, ‘Season three’ which kicked off in Enugu over the weekend and Abuja on Monday, have thrown up some lucky winners.
At the Enugu zone where about 750 participants were screened, 10 youths selected, while eight were picked from the Abuja trials.
The Project Head, MTN Football Scholar, Kikelomo Atanda-Owo of Peculiar People Management (PPM), Technical Partners and Consultants to the project, said in a chat with the media, that the participants showed much enthusiasm with many of them determined to make the list.
She said the trials were held for two days in both venues, explaining that many of the more than 200 that appeared in the Abuja center did not possess the requisite basic Senior School Exam Certificate required to be screened.
Those that did not meet the requirement were dropped, which accounted for the lower figure from Abuja, she stated, adding that the next round of the trials will be held in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Thursday and Friday this week.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director/CEO, PPM, and Consultant to the project, Ghandi Olaoye, said the programme which is in its third year, has been very successful. He said four winners emerged in the first year, adding that those students are already pursuing their studies with full scholarship in the United States of America. He said seven others have also qualified for the second round after a rigorous qualifying test, stating that they will proceed in no time to pursue their studies, also in the US.
Olaoye commended the US embassy for its support for the programme, saying that the involvement and sponsorship of the project by MTN has helped to erase any doubt about the credibility of the project.
He said awareness about the MTN Football Scholar event is growing. “In the first year, people didn’t believe it was possible. As people come to know more about the programme and believe in it, many more people showed up. We are believing that in the third and fourth year, more people will embrace it,” he stated.