By George Aluo
Emmanuel Amuneke’s soccer academy will this summer storm Estoril, Portugal to compete in the annual Iber Cup which runs from July 1-6.
African representatives of the Iber Cup organizers, Serahana sports disclosed yesterday that two other youth clubs from Africa will be in Portugal for the youth soccer fiesta.
Seharana sports spokesman, Godson Ekadi told Daily Sunsports that Amuneke’s outfit and the other two clubs from Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire have concluded their registration for the event.
“This year we shall be featuring three youth academies from Africa in the IBERCUP, Lusaka Youth Soccer Academy, Zambia, Napoli FC, Ivory Coast, and Emmanuel Amunike Academy Nigeria. The three academies have fully registered and we will in the next few weeks begin to process their visas. We want to do that early to avoid last minute fire brigade approach,” Ekadi said.
He pointed out that a Nigerian club COD FC of Lagos was part of the Iber Cup last year alongside the Zambian academy, that is making its second consecutive appearance.
Ekadi noted that the Iber Cup is the biggest youth soccer fiesta in Europe. The tournament he disclosed attracts clubs from over 40 countries with about 6000 players, coaches and scouts participating.
“This year’s event is attracting the academies of big clubs like Barcelona, PSG, Sevilla and Brazil’s Vasco Dagama. It is a carnival of some sort. Scouts are there to pick the kids and a whole lot of football business go on alongside the tournament,” Ekadi stated.
Apart from the Iber Cup, Seharana has also secured the right of being the African representatives of the organizers of the annual Brazil Cup.
“We also have the mandate with written evidence to henceforth represent the organizers of Brazil Cup in Africa with the very attractive FIFA World Cup 2014 package attached for participants,” Ekadi said.
By George Aluo