By James Anthony, The Sight News
JOS-There are a dozen of talented players all over Nigeria- yet lack of proper training, inadequate infrastructure and equipment, has led people in the soccer arena to opt for alternatives other than the ideal!
Unprofessional ways of running Football clubs and Academies is the order of the day and the sole aim of these group of businessmen, is to see their clubs or Academies win by ALL means possible-this at the long run, kills the very essence of soccer.
Soccer Players without adequate training and skills, have left the country with no choice than to continue in unethical ways of doing things in the soccer arena just to win games. The career of many football players is stagnant as a result of the above mentioned and this has affected the entire African continent- this is majorly an African problem.
Players in Nigeria to be specific, fall short of success each time they hit the senior national team. This is also evident in recent reports which has it that, many Under-17 National Team players failed the MRI test. This situation is unacceptable and calls for a total overhaul of the entire football system in Nigeria, if we must make headway.
Started a couple of years back as a dream which became a reality, Mees Palace Football Academy is set out to bridge that slit; by developing children from onset through professional and vigorous trainings and teachings, with the sole aim of impacting basic football skills and techniques.
The Academy primarily scouts and admits children under 10 years, and works with them holistically for a seven (7) year period, during which they will be imparted on thoroughly, not forgetting that formal academic education is a very integral part of the seven year program.
Hopefully, by the time they turn 17 years of age, they must have become professionals in their right and at that level they will be set and ready to make Nigeria proud as a country in the way they play.
Mees Palace Football Academy started formally with a set of 40 children all under the ages of 10, these being the pioneer set, had to go through thorough screening after which 36 were successfully admitted into the Academy.
Considering that their training is holistic, they were immediately admitted and absorbed by Mees educational partners, St Murumba’s College.