Good morning All,
We do have a Guest post today. Y’all love guest posts, don’t you? Today, my friend @amoscp pens his thoughts on the ongoing Future Guateng Tornament in South Africa and how relates the future of our club. His thoughts below
It was reported that a selected team of the NPFL U-17 left for the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto to participate in the Future Champions Guateng International Tournament that kicked off on Monday. The tournament is organized by Global Sports International in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government and involves 12 teams – 5 local teams and 7 teams from around the world.
These teams include Atletico Madrid (Spain), Torino FC (Italy), Club Tijuana (Mexico), FC Brugge (Belgium), Spartak Moscow (Russia), a team from the Football School of India and the NPFL U-17 All Stars. The local teams include Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits, University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Sundowns and a selection of SAFA Tshwane region.
Ok, that is enough info about the competition. You can read more about the Future Champions here. How does it concern our dear Enyimba? A quick look at the list of the teenagers that are representing the NPFL U-17 All Stars and you would notice that there is no one from Enyimba.
If you see any young elephant in the squad list below, let me know.
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Galadima (Nasarawa United), Adebayo Adeleye (FC Ifeanyiubah)
Defenders: Bilal Yusuf (Wikki Tourists), Fahad Usman Ahmad (Kano Pillars), Amiru Ahmad (Wikki Tourists), Valentine Nworah (Shooting Stars), Ebuka Nwenyi ( FC Ifeanyiubah), Ebuka Nweke ( Niger Tornadoes)
Midfielders: Manji Williams (Wikki Tourists), Abba Suleiman (Kano Pillars), Onije Chisom Kenneth (Remo Stars), Mahmood Aliyu (Wikki Tourists), Sadiq Abdullahi (Wikki Tourists), Mohammed Sambo (Gombe United)
Forwards: Toluwalase Arokodare (Gombe United), Dini Lawal (Wikki Tourists), Tari Ogidi Joseph (Katsina United), Nazifi Yahaya (Kano Pillars), Rafiu Kayode Ishaq (Shooting Stars), Mustapha Salisu Musa (Kano Pillars)
I am happy for the selected players. They are led by Coach Austin Eguavoen. But then, why are we not represented in that All Star team? We had a good number in the NPFL All Stars that went for a tour in Spain but it is unclear whether we have a proper academy? Do we? Do we have U-17 players grooming somewhere together in Aba or our makeshift home in Calabar?
Do we have a system where our youth players are involved and consequently promoted to the senior team? Back then in school, I used to love watching Arsenal’s League Cup matches not because I wanted them to win but it was a thing of joy seeing those teenagers and youths square up against senior players of other teams. We can be more.
Maybe our U-17 players are not good enough to break into the NPFL U-17 All Stars team. Maybe we don’t have a team. Maybe I am just worried for nothing. Maybe we have something in the pipeline. It is time to be more than a bunch of Elephants playing for 90 minutes. It is time to be more.