The trials have taken place nationwide in the cities of Port Harcourt, Enugu, Abuja, Benin, Akure and Lagos. At least 100 young talented footballers with good academic capabilities were picked from all these centres, for a final screening into the academy.
The visiting foreign coaches will reinforce the idea of the project, by preparing the participants in both academic works and football strategy for the MTN Scholarship. After the screening, the students will sit for a mock SAT exams where they will be pruned down to 30, based on the best results from the mock exams.
Last year’s event witnessed a team of American academy coaches from US universities, during which the visiting coaches reiterated the importance of education in football development. This year’s event is expected, not to only discover new football talents but also to further promote the initiative’s emphasis on the role of mental alertness in the development of soccer skills and talents.
The visiting international coaches will take the selected students into thorough football training sessions, while a team of academics will further screen them for their academic capabilities.
The qualified 30 students, from the final selections will proceed to the Academy, where they will receive training on football and lessons for the SAT exams, simultaneously. The students will take part in qualifying matches where the foreign coaches will have an opportunity to watch them play and proceed to select final students.