By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Just like we have so much untapped resource in Nigeria so we have raw football talents waiting to be harnessed and some ex international have refused to take their eyes away from these budding talents and thus decided to run an Academy in order to expose them.
The ex internationals are Moses Adams and Dayo Davies, they came together to establish Moses and Davies Academy as far back as 2015.
Moses Adams played for Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna and Waterlo of Belgium and Dayo Davies also played for many teams in Nigeria before lacing his boots for Maccabi FC of Israel.
Moses & Davies Football Academy between 2015 and 2019 has discovered many players from the grassroots and thrown them into the foray of the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Premier Football League and foreign clubs.
The football Academy had three players in the last set of Nigeria’s Under-17 national team.
They discovered the 17 years old Chikatara who plays for Leicester City of England junior team, Abraham Ocheje who is playing for a Turkish division one club and Kingsley Celestine, plying his trade in Portugal.
Some of the Academy’s achievements include winning the 2019 Edition of Leke James International Youth Soccer Tournament at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
Presently, the management of the academy is working on a three-year youth developmental training programme to recruit gifted and talented youth from the grassroots for their under-10 and under-15 age group category.
According to the Belgium based former player of FC Waterlo, Moses Adams and his partner Dayo Davies, “we are working towards having a football academy of an international standard in few years time, Moses & Davies football WILL compete favourably with other academy in other part of the world”
Dayo davies of former Maccabi fc of isreal added that the academy do not compromise standard,he said they recruit only players that can fit into the system and give room to players with ability to learn.
The duo belief there is need to focus on taping talent from the nook and crannies of the country as lack of such effort will only be wasteful for the nation.