THE Federation of Youths Soccer Clubs of Nigeria (FEYSOC), Enugu state chapter, said on Tuesday that arrangements had reached advanced stage for this year’s edition of its grassroots football championship, coming up in Enugu.
The FEYSOC’s coordinator, Lofty Uchenna, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, while speaking on the weeklong event.
Uchenna said that the federation would make a statement with the 2019 edition of the competition slated to hold between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18.
He said: ‘‘In this 2019 edition, scouts and football agents are coming to watch the tournament because we meam well for the players.
‘‘In this grassroots competition, we have U-13, U-16 and U-18 club categories that will come from different parts of the country.
‘‘FEYSOC is a national body so clubs from all over the country are entitled to honour the competition.’’
Uchenna said that the competition, termed South-South and South-East football championship, would accommodate only 20 players for each category.
‘‘We are planning well for this year’s competition and by Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, the clubs will start to arrive at Enugu, while the competition will start on August 12,’’ he said.
He spoke on the security arrangements, saying that there would be adequate security for players and officials during the competition.
Uchenna said that the Enugu chapter of the federation had groomed many players, who were playing in clubs as well as national team and outside the country.
He said: ‘‘We have players who are in the national U-15, a player in Leicester City, England Academy and other clubs.
‘‘In FEYSOC, we have national competitions and they always take place in Kaduna or Abuja every year.
‘‘As for Enugu, we normally play our competitions in August when schools are on break, while other states host theirs within the year.’’
Uchenna expressed the confidence that clubs in Enugu state would present formidable teams and hoped that clubs outside the state should also present strong teams for a strong and healthy competition.
He said that they were working hard to ensure that the visiting teams had decent and healthy accommodation.
He thanked the Chairman, Enugu State Football Association, Chidi Offor-Okenwa, for his relentless support for the association in the last five years.
‘‘Okenwa has always been there for us in terms of securing good accommodation from the first edition in 2015 to date,” Uchenna said.
He said that the price money for U-13 winner is N60,000 with a trophy and medal, while the runner up would go home with a medal and N40,000.
The winner of the U-16 is expected to pocket N70,000 with trophy and medal, while the runner up would take home N40, 000 and a medal.
He also said that for the U-18, the winner would take home N120,000, a trophy and medal, while the runner up would get N60,000 with a medal. -NAN
– July 9, 2019 @ 15:15 GMT