The NPFL/LaLiga under 15 promises tournament first round of group C has been concluded at the Osogbo city stadium with Shooting stars of Ibadan emerging as group C winners with 10 points from 4 games, Abubakar Bukola Saraki ABS FC of Ilorin came 2nd with 9 points. MFM FC from Lagos who arguably paraded the youngest squad came third with 5 points, while Remo stars of Sagamu garnered four points to come 4th and Sunshine stars of Akure finished rock bottom of group C with no point having lost all four games.
The first (3SC) and second (ABS FC) made it to Lagos state where the quarter finals would be stage at a later date and the tournament which was staged to bring the best out of the youths to discover the raw talents that would represent the country at youth level is an initiative from the league management company LMC in collaboration with the Spanish LaLiga to nurture these young stars to stardom and although, it is not all about winning it but to showcase the abundant talents of youths we have in the country.
Reacting to the event after the last match of Group C , general manager of Shooting stars of Ibadan, Mr. Rasheed Balogun commended the organisers for bringing this initiative to Nigerian football and charged them on its continuity.
“This is a welcome idea. Some people might not know the reason why this tournament is being organised. The League management company LMC are making efforts to make all clubs be on their own in terms of self sustainability.
Because this competition will help teams to discover one or two young players. The LMC and Laliga in collaboration will manage these discovered players for the country as there would be a Spanish tour at a later time.
“The under 15 is part of the NPFL clubs budget this season. For any NPFL clubs that knows what it means to have young talents in their midst, they don’t have any choice than to appreciate and embrace this initiative from the LMC.
“The competition is not all about winning it. My team (3SC) having topped the group aren’t there yet and there is plenty room for improvement. We have to go back to the drawing board and correct all the lapses before the quarter finals and hopefully things will get better for us.
“I wouldn’t want to stick my neck for my team to win it because it is not the reason why they are participating in this competition but to discover the best players that would be useful for us in the nearest future. The other teams here also paraded a young good side but they didn’t make it out of the group and talents were discovered from them and that is to show you that it is not all about winning it. All the participating teams have in one way or the other benefitted from this tournament and it now depends on them to make it count”, Balogun concluded.