By Precious Ubani
Eyo Christopher, the 16-year old striker for team Port Harcourt at the recently held Airtel Rising Stars Season 5 football tournament has said he dreams of playing for European powerhouses, Barcelona or Arsenal some day in his career.
Speaking after the competition which he emerged as highest goal scorer, Evo said, “I really dream of playing for the Super Eagles and for big clubs such as Barcelona or Arsenal.”
He spoke of the impact the Airtel Rising Stars competition has had in youth football in the country. “After qualifying for the finals, my team members felt so happy and motivated. The encouragement we got from the ex-internationals, the spectators and Airtel Nigeria showed that they believe in us that is why they gave us such opportunity to display our talents”.Said Christopher Evo who emerged the Highest Goal Scorer in the tournament, said.
He said the soccer clinic also allowed them to see their areas of weakness and how they could improve.
The skilful player who scored three goals in the competition noted that apart from improving his skills, the tournament gave him opportunity to make new friends and to know more places in Nigeria.
“As a group, after training at the ARS football clinic we visited several places and we relaxed.
“I really appreciate what Airtel has done for us. This is a big motivation for us because we are made to believe that we can achieve our dreams. From the qualifying matches to the finals, Airtel really supported the boys and girls, kitted us, fed us and gave us confidence to pursue of dreams,” he added.