The sun radiates for young footballers to shine bright like a diamond and show case their skills, talents, potential and worth at the 2017 COPA Coca-Cola Secondary School Football Tournament for the schools in Nigeria.
At the tournament it was not just the kicking of football, but a moment of inspiration and encouragement to the young footballers to focus their energy on positive things, education and football career.
The young footballers participants at the Abuja, Nigeria region of the 2017 COPA Coca-Cola Secondary School Football Tournament got inspire by one of Nigeria footballer star, a former Nigeria international, Victor Ikpeba, encourages all the youths to focus on both their education and football to achieve great success and become a star in their chosen endeavor.
Also for the international footballer star it was exciting to see the young boys showcase their talents, skills and potentials in the field.
While the international soccer star, Victor Ikpeba spoke at the recently-concluded COPA Coca-Cola Coaching Clinic in Abuja, which was held ahead of the regional games to determine the teams that will qualify/progress to Lagos State for the national COPA Coca-Cola Secondary School Football Tournament finals.
The participating teams of COPA Coca-Cola Secondary School Football Tournament winners were from Kano State, Kaduna State, Benue State, and Niger State, who had qualified and progressed to the regional stage in Abuja.
Victor Ikpeba was a Nigerian National team player, an ex-Monaco player and 1997 African Footballer of the Year attended the training session designed by Coca-Cola to inspire budding football stars and stimulate a sustained passion in them for football as a potential career.
The international star states as follows “It’s a privilege to be involved in COPA Coca-Cola for years now and it is exciting to be around once again to see how we can help develop these players”.
“As a member of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, I see a pool of young talents coming from this initiative. We know that not everyone can make it through football but when an element of education combines with football, the outcome is phenomenal.”
Education Trust Fund has been set up by Coca-Cola Nigeria for each player in the top three teams at the national final.
The Education Trust Fund is in addition to the prize money that will be awarded to their schools.
The winning school gets N1 million and the gold trophy, the players get N500,000.
The second and third place schools get N750,000 and N350, 000 while their players get N350,000 and N150,000 each respectively.
The Senior Brand Manager, Colas, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Soji Omoigui, stated that “We are aware that one of the greatest passion points of these teenagers is football so COPA Coca-Cola is a platform that provides sports education and development for them.”
The young footballers at the tournament expressed their joy and appreciation to the soccer star and the organizers of the COPA Coca-Cola Secondary School Football Tournament for the opportunity given to the youths to exercise and express their skills in the field and for the Education Trust Fund.