Former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu ‘Head Master’ Adepoju has confirmed hi readiness to contribute to development of football talents in the country through the establishment of “a world class football academy” that could compare with the best in other parts of the world.
Disclosing this in Lagos yesterday, Adepoju who is the CEO of Lagos International Football Tournament (LIFT), said, the “Academy will organise various youth-focused programmes for the development of young football talents, facilitate exchange training programmes with professional football clubs in Europe where young Nigerian soccer stars can improve on their skills and attitude.”
He added that “LIFT will also use the academy to bring into Nigeria,professional coaches and managers from the best leagues around the world to impact tactical skills and knowledgein Nigerian coaches and footballers.”
As a prelude to the Football Academy which would come on stream in a matter of years, as a departure from the poorly run Academies which dot the country, Adepoju said his organisation will float an Lagos International Football Tournament which will debut next month featuring Ismaily FC of Egypt, Ashanti Kotoko of Ghana, Kano Pillars and Eko Football Golden Stars.
“The teams will be divided into two pools of two clubs each (with) teams in each pool playing against each other in a straight knock-out format. Winners from the two pools will play the final while the losers will play for the third place,” he said.
The former General Manager of Shooting Stars Football Club of Ibadan, said he was doing this “to give back to the society and humanity as a sign of appreciation for the goodwill and love I have received around the world throughout my playing career and up till the present moment.”
He thanked the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, the sports and youth commissioner, Wahid Enitan Oshodi,the Lagos FA chairman, Seyi Akinwunmi and sponsors for believing in his vision and making the dream a reality.