Former Super Eagles chief coach, Augustine Eguavoen, has stated that MTN Football Scholar is an initiative that secures the future of young and talented Nigerian football players.
The coach said this at the Abuja audition of the MTN Football Scholar which kicked off on Thursday, May 1, 2014, to impart knowledge and skill on the next generation of footballers.
“Talented youths now can play the game they love so much and still acquire the needed education, unlike our generation, when we had to choose between school and football. A few of us had the luxury of acquiring both education and the game of soccer. I want to thank MTN for this initiative.” He said.
The Abuja audition, which was scheduled for three days, took place at the “Astro Turf” of the Abuja National Stadium and saw a massive crowd of young, talented and intelligent footballers who filled the stadium as Coach Austin Eguavoen delivered an inspiring speech to motivate the youngsters.
“You should learn to be patient; it’s not enough to be talented. You should also show humility as a young player who is aspiring to be great in the game someday. MTN has provided this platform, you should make use of this golden opportunity” Eguavoen advised.
The audition also saw one of the youngsters, Kalid Ibrahim, win juicy prizes after he defeated Musa Yakubu as the best football juggler.