The former governor of the state of Lagos, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has placed his weight behind the search for talent in football organized by the captain of the Super Eagles, the Mikel Obi Foundation.
At a ceremony at his house in Lagos on Monday, Asiwaju Tinubu said he is proud to be associated with Mikel's effort to discover young soccer talents, and stressed that he would fully commit to supporting the initiative to give young people country a positive direction.
"I am very proud and honored to welcome you in my home, you inspired many young people in the country with your patriotism, you are not only a symbol for the young people, but also for the elderly and some of us, the politicians. supporting many initiatives like yours and I will commit myself to promote the ideals of its foundation, "said the former governor of Lagos.
Previously, Mikel had sought the blessing of Asiwaju Tinubu in his effort to return to the streets.
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"I am a product of the streets and I have decided to return to the streets, we are organizing a program entitled 'Next Football SuperStars of Nigeria' to help children between 13 and 16 years to be the next superstar of African football.
"The winners will be chosen by first-class coaches and scouts with the nine winners selected to receive two weeks of training in the best English club and the chance to win a one-year contract," said Mikel.
He added that the program would affect Nigeria, South Africa and Algeria, and that each country would carry out three tests.
The Nigerian trials, he stressed, will be held from March 20 to May 9 in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos, respectively.