The management of Mandot Soccer Stars FC have assembled over 180 football talents from different parts of Nigeria in Akure for a scouting network involving a team of scouts from Manchester City and other European outfits.
The final screening began on Monday 17th May 2021. The programme is technically partnered by Ude Sports Management and the final scouting will officially start on the 3rd through 9th of June 2021 at the Ondo State Sports Complex.
Convener of the project and President of Mandot Soccer Stars FC, Barrister Dotun Owanikin explained on Wednesday that the programme was designed to unearth talented players in Nigeria and particularly Ondo State for possible transfer to Europe and other football playing nations, assist them to break into the NPFL and see the game of football as veritable means of earning a living.
“We are creating a platform for football talents that abound in this country. This have taken us to Lagos, Ibadan, Ife, Abuja, Owerri, Portharcourt, Aba, Calabar and other places; we are here in Akure for the final phase which involves a screening process that will trim the players down to 70 before the arrival of the scouts from Europe.
“My resolve to give back to my state informed the decsion to have this programme in Akure, and my team Mandot SSFC which will be starting off in the NLO this year will be based here. Some of these players will be recruited into the team,” the former Commssioner for Youth and Sports Development in Ondo State concluded.
The Sporting Director of Mandot FC and Technical Partner of the scouting network, Mr. Uche Dominic Egbukwu of Ude Sports Management who is prominent for his involvement in transfer of Nigerian players abroad is optimistic that the scouting programme will be a huge success.
“I am convinced exceptional players are here; we are continuing with what we have done round the states. We are preparing for the arrival of scouts from Europe. Based on what is going in the country we had to convince them before they agreed to come down here.
“The seriousness of the former commissioner encouraged me to partner him on this project. I saw the selfless sacrifice he made for Sunshine Stars while in office and even now; he is a man that wants things work out,” Mr Dominic stated.
The former captain of Enyimba is bringing his international expertise to bear on the programme as he revealed his involvement in the transfer of over 75 Nigerian players abroad. Notable among them are Vincent Enyeama, Dele Aiyenugba, Kenneth Omeruo, Isaac Success, Wilfred Ndidi, recently Akin Amoo among others.