Emmanuel Emenike has disclosed that giving back to the community and also an opportunity to see talented Nigerian children achieve their aim of playing abroad is the major reason for starting the Emmanuel Emenike Future XI which is taking place at the Legacy and NIS pitches of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.
Emenike, who is a product of the Oba Cup in Isolo (a talent scouting tournament), mentioned that the tournament is a project close to his heart as that was the major reason he has decided to launch the project at this time.
“This programme did not start today,” the former Nigerian international said.
“It is something that has been in the pipeline for a very long time. I decided that now is the time because I believe in giving back to the community also giving young talented players the opportunity to show what they are capable of doing.”
A total of 32 teams will be part of the talent hunt programme which will be played in a knock out format with the best of scouts across the world coming out to look for the next big star that will follow in the footstep of Emenike.
The former Spartak Moscow striker at the parley organised for the press in Lagos said he is still in contact with a host of teams he played for in the past which would serve as an advantage to the players from the tournament.
Chairman of the Main Organising Committee, Uche Ugwu, has pledged fairness to all participating teams and also informing them that the ultimate goal of the project is to get the players the needed exposure and not just winning the N300, 000 prize money.
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