By Olayinka Elebute And Oluwole Francis
President of Water Football Club of Abuja, Mr Makanjuola Nureni has revealed that his desire in life is to help the young talented players by picking them from nowhere, nurturing them until they become great players
He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja where over five thousand footballers turned up for the Water FC of Abuja football trail.
The ongoing three-day trial FIFA Goal Project, Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Package B, Abuja, saw thousands of players from across the federation turn up for the screening.
Speaking during the exercise, the soft spoken CEO Mr Makanjuola said that Water FC is mainly for people that don’t have support and don’t have connections but they have talents and are unique.
“Of a truth, 90% of some unique and good players are at home and they are referred as “Housing FC” and we don’t want them to be “Housing FC” anymore, we want them to pursue their dream that’s why Water FC is giving this good platform to young and unique players to come and showcase their talents.
“We will not demand any money from them but we will give give them a platform to showcase their talent and become great in life in terms of football career”
He said that the trial was meant for players in 3 categories within the age of 13 and 24 years.
“Water FC are looking for young talents from age 13 to16, to groom, age 17 to 19 to take abroad for professional contracts and age 19 to 24 to play in NNL next season.
“Water FC wants to open doors for them to showcase themselves to any level in their football career”.
However, Water Football Club of Abuja, has produced exceptional players who have played for national teams including U-17, U-20, U-23 and the Super Eagles.of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, former Water FC player Okechukwu Gabriel of Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo of Japan is also around to give the needed boost to aspiring young stars who want to hit the limelight through Water FC, which has path ways for many players in the past.