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Irukka Academy Partners PSG for Football Devt

first_img“The Paris club has promised to take 15 young players not more than 18 years old yearly for a week-long training tour of its facilities and if by chance, the top coaches at the club discover any of the young lads good enough, he could be offered contract,” Abiodun explained.The first part of the project which is likely to be a talent search all over the country is on the card.“We want this great opportunity to get to many young players as much as possible. Because players under 18 years are our priority, we have designed our programme in such a way that it does not conflict with school calendar,” he noted.Lagos, Delta, Ogun, Enugu and Akwa Ibom states with the Federal Capital City of Abuja are the likely centres for the project camp.In his response, the General Manager of PSG Academy, Mr. Fabien Daliem said the club is delighted and committed with the partnership.“We are aware of great potentials in Nigeria and our club’s fan-base is growing here too. This is the reason why we have offered among other things, an all-expense-paid trip to France for 15 young Nigerians. While in Paris, they will train and learn more from their contemporaries using all the club’s facilities,” he assured stakeholders at the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaIt was a ground-breaking moment last weekend as one of the football academies in the country, Irukka and Paris Saint Germaine (PSG) entered into a partnership that will ensure young talented Nigerian footballers reach great heights within the shortest possible time.At an elaborate ceremony held at the Golden Tulip Essential Hotel in Lagos with all major stake holders in Nigerian football in attendance, the 1st Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Seyi Akinwunmi said he was delighted with the project by Irukka with such a global football club like PSG as the platform will enable young Nigerian players to emulate the likes of Austin Okocha and Victor Ikpeba who were leading lights of Nigerians in their active football days in Lique 1.The main objective of the partnership, according to CEO of Goal – To – Post Sports Agency Limited, Mr. Tella Abiodun, “is to create platform for young talented soccer players in Nigeria to develop with the help of PSG of France by sending their coaches to Nigeria to train both coaches and selected young players.last_img read more


Women’s soccer: Badgers head to South Carolina for second round of NCAA tournament

first_imgAfter a dominant 5-0 blowout victory over Toledo last Friday evening, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has moved onto the second round of the NCAA tournament and will be matching up against #1 seed South Carolina on Friday night.That game featured Grace Douglas’s first two goals of her season, as well as goals by Lauren Rice, Jordan McNeese, and Allie Winterfield. This was by far the Badgers most dominant performance of the season and one that has to have Wisconsin feeling good about their upset chances against South Carolina.Women’s soccer: Badgers dominate Hawkeyes in final road challengeThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team took down the University of Iowa 3-0 Saturday evening in what was the Read…They have now won 4 out of their past 5 games, with all of those victories being shutouts. The defense has been there all season for the Badgers, but only recently has the offense began to rise up. South Carolina is currently 16-2-1 on the season, including 8-0-1 at home, which is where this game will be played.Their only losses this year are against Wake Forest and Arkansas, which occurred in their first game of the SEC tournament. They are coming off a 3-0 victory over Alabama State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last week. They are led in scoring by Savannah McCaskill and Elexa Bahr with 7 and 8 goals, respectively.They have been impressive on both ends of the field this season and had no problem at all with SEC competition. They went 9-0-1 against the SEC and have pitched shutouts in 14 of their 19 games. This will be a tough challenge for the Badgers, who have had some struggles offensively this year.Women’s soccer: Northwestern hands Wisconsin surprising 2-0 lossThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (10-4-2, 4-3-2 Big Ten) was unable to put up any points Sunday against Read…They will likely need to play a strong defensive game and keep South Carolina from scoring if they want a decent chance at the upset. Goaltender Caitlyn Clem has been a huge presence for the Badgers all year long and this would be the perfect chance for her to come up big for Wisconsin in their biggest game of the season.This 2nd round game will happen on Friday evening at 5 p.m. in Columbia, South Carolina in a game that will decide each team’ postseason fate. It will be available to watch on the SEC Network. Tune in to watch the Badgers attempt to upset top-ranked South Carolina in a must-win match-up.last_img read more