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Bayern Munich Youth Cup Nigeria: FC Heart Academy win tournament



By Chigozie Anueyiagu

DEFENDING champions of the National youth cup by Bayern Munich, FC Hearts of Kano have claimed the trophy again, making it the second time in a row. After a day of training and two days of the tournament they played, they qualified for the finals and stopped Kidsport Academy of Lagos in a penalty shootout in the Awka City stadium. The tournament commenced on April 30 and ended on May 2.

  The hugely talented Kano boys topped their qualifying group before they went all the way to confirm their class with a hard-earned victory in the championship game.

  Both finalists of this U17 competition played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the final before the Kano team triumphed 10-9 on penalties.

  10 teams were invited and a total of 100 boys were featured, 10 were selected to travel to Germany to further their football career after they were brought out and acknowledged for standing out of the 100 boys.

  In the same vein, Governor Chukwuma Soludo has urged Bayern Munich FC of Germany to consider establishing an academy in Anambra as part of an effort to deepen the game of football in Nigeria.

  Soludo gave the advice while welcoming the Bayern Munich technical team who were in the state for the National Youth Cup on Saturday. The governor who spoke through Tony Oli, chairman, Anambra Sports Development Commission, said the state was happy to have provided a good football stadium which qualified the state to play host for the programme.

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  He said Anambra was home to football and promised to provide the enabling environment for a successful outing while expressing hope that youths from the state would make the final 10 players that would be selected for nurturing.

  “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.

  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, to 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.

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  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. Aspire FC who also helped in organising the tournament were in the 8th position.

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