AFTER a successful resording inÂ the last reality showÂ in Ghana, Telecommunication giant MTN has decided to extend it to Nigeria, reports Kate Obodo. More than 5000 footballers have converged on the Union Bank Sports Complex in Lagos to participateÂ in theÂ screening exercise of the football reality show expected to kick-off on September 25.
The event which is tagged: â€œGhana 2009 Nigeriaâ€ will feature players between the ages of 17-20.Â Procession for theÂ screening has been segmentedÂ into four rounds. In the firstÂ round, Northern Zone 1600 winners will be screened for round two at football park four in each of Northern Southern zones. In round two, 160 winners of both zones of round two will be called to appear the next week for Soccer Skills and the personality Tests in Accra where 24 winners will be announced. For the round three screening, 24 finalists will be selected in each country.
Tests will be based on speed, shooting accuracy and ball control while personality tests will be based on knowledge and character.Â In round four, the final 24 Teams will be divided into four groups of six footballers each and packaged for promotion on Tv in Ghana and Nigeria. The viewer will power his favourite footballer into the final seven teammates of each country, by voting via text, based on the soccer and personality skills displayed in the footballers group on METRO TV and AIT.
The show will be televised live on Nigeriaâ€™s foremost private television AIT as well as Ghanaâ€™s leading station, METRO TV.
The essence of the event, CEO of the Metro TV, Ghana, Talal Fattal said, is to hunt for soccer talents and develop themÂ forÂ future occurrence.
â€œIt is a reality show justÂ like any other reality show, this is a platform to hunt for soccer talents and prepare them for ahead. Players have to be selected through intensive training.
â€œEventual if any of them emerge winners of this year TV show will be awardedÂ lots ofÂ prizes such as Hyundai Tuscon 4 Wheel drive, Hyundai 10, Ghe 10,000 or N 1,000,000.
â€œ prizes are one year contract with a local club in Ghana or Nigeria, 14 days trail with an International club and a five star round trip to the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFAÂ World Cup billed for South Africa,â€