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Soludo Receives Bayern Technical Team, Lobbies For Club’s Academy In Anambra



Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo has on Saturday received the technical team of Bayern Munich FC of Germany in the state.

The governor snatched the opportunity to urge the club to establish an Academy in Anambra in order to deepen the game of football in Nigeria.

The governor through the chairman of Anambra Sports Development Commission, Tony Oli, received the crew which was in the state for the National Youth Cup.

He expressed joy that the state was capable of providing a standard stadium to play host for the programme.

He also expressed hope that the youth from the state will finish in flying colours and promised an enabling environment for a successful outing.

“Anambra has a rich history in football, we have the talent and we have the facility, so we are calling on Bayern Munich to consider establishing an academy here in Anambra, because we will like to continue to have you.

“Just tell us what will be required and we will put them on ground,” he said.

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Obinna Edeh, Proprietor of VOE Foundation and representative partner of Bayern Munich in Nigeria said no fewer than 100 budding talents of age range 15-16 from 10 football clubs across the country were selected for the tourney.

Edeh said 10 successful players from the event would be sent abroad in October later this year, would be nurtured by the Bundesliga side and mentored to stardom.

Edeh lauded the Aspire Foundation for providing the logistics support that made it possible for the event to be held in Anambra.

Emeka Okeke, Chairman, Aspire Foundation Board of Trustees said the Bayern Youth Cup partnership was part of the My Anambra Football Project which had a broad plan of developing football in Anambra.

Okeke who was represented by Toochukwu Onwubuche, Director Programme Development and Implementation of the foundation said it had earlier held the Anambra Super Eight Tournament and capacity building for coaches in the state.

He expressed hope that the scouting exercise would impart positively on coaches and players while being optimistic that Anambra budding talents would find their ways to the top of their career through the exposure.

The Bayern Youth Cup technical team is headed by Hans Pflugler, a retired Germany player and member of the 1990 world cup winning team.

Pflugler is also one of Bayern Munich greats.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day Bayern National Youth Cup Nigeria 2022 would end May 1.

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