By Amaechi Agbo
No few than 13 teams across eight states have registered for the maiden edition of Stephen Keshi National Under 17 Football tournament set to kick off from Friday 1st to 7th June 2018 in Benin.
A release signed by the Assistant-General Secretary, National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, NANPF, organizers of the tournament, Comrade Danladi Musa, indicates that the teams will arrive the venue of the tournament today to finish up preliminaries before the kick off tomorrow.
“The teams will arrive Benin on Thursday 31st June to kick start Preliminaries on Friday 1st June and grand finale on 7th June 2018 at the Crescent Club Football pitch in GRA, Benin,” the statement said.
The statement further named the participating teams to include; Oceanic Stars Football Club (Rivers), Recovery Football Academy, Freiburgerweg Football Academy (Lagos), Rahbam Sports Football Club (Plateau), Lasora Spring Soccer Academy (Kwara), Kingdom Stars Football Academy (Bayelsa).
Others are; Solo Wonders Football Club (Abia), Obazuwa Football Club, Cowbell Football Academy, BJ Foundation Football Club, Fortress Football Academy, Edo: Rock Star Football Club (Edo) and Ogunmala Football Club ( Delta).
The tournament is part of activities organised by the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers in conjunction with the Stephen Keshi Football and Vocational Training Centre to mark the second anniversary ceremony of late Stephen Keshi former national team captain and coach of the Super Eagles who died in Benin on the 7th of June 2016
A technical committee has been put in place to select the best players from the tournament to play a match with the national under 17 team.