As the Super Eagles gear up for tomorrow’s final group F match against Argentina at the World Cup, a group of Nigerian youngsters have just returned from Brazil where they were trained by former World Cup winner Bebeto at the Copa Coca Cola Teens Camp.
The players, Jeremiah Danladi, Zedi Gerrrisyn Omokhodion and Miracle Okocha, went to the clinic to develop their skills under the tutelage of experienced coaches in a bid to become the next generation of stars.
The Nigerian contingent joined their peers from 27 other countries in training with Bebeto, a FIFA World Cup winner, famous for the baby cradle celebration at USA 94’ and Martha, the most talented female footballer of all time mentoring.
Recounting their experiences, the trio said they had once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Brazil, learning from world class players and coaches and interacting with their peers from other countries of the world. Miracle Okocha said he excelled in the ‘Play like a Brazilian’ sessions. “I played, dribbled and moved to the samba rhythm with a natural flair,” he said.
The highpoint of the Brazil trip was the teen stars’ attendance of the opening ceremonies of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Festus Akunbundu, Media Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria said that the Nigerian Teen stars made the country proud in the Teens Camp in COPA Cabana.
“We are delighted to note that our contingent excelled in the camp and won Nigeria a place of pride during the football fiesta. We only hope that they will utilize the opportunity they have to further develop their skills,” he said.