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Siasia, NFF hail Pepsi Academy’s exploits, as Aba wins festival


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Samson Siasia

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and former coach of the Super Eagles, Mr. Samson Siasia, have commended the Pepsi Football Academy for 24 years of sustainable contribution to the development of grassroots football in Nigeria.

Pepsi Academy at the weekend held its Festival of Youth competition in Lagos with Aba winning the competition.Four teams drawn from the under 18 players from Pepsi Football Academy centres in Ilorin, Aba, Kaduna and Lagos participated in the two-day event.

Aba emerged champions beating Kaduna by 3 – 1, while Lagos lost 1 – 4 to Ilorin in the third place match. Henry Nmecha from Aba emerged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament.

NFF’s Deputy Technical Director, Mr. Siji Olagunju, who represented the federation at the event, said the body rates the academy highly because it is well structured and technically fortified with competent youth coaches under the leadership of Coach Kasimawo Laloko.He, however, urged the academy not to rest on its laurels but continue to work harder in discovering and training the next

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