By Oluwafemi Adefeso
The League Management announced on Monday that all is set for the maiden national U15 Youth League,as part of the partnership agreement signed with LA LIGA come 2017. The league is geared towards to getting Nigeria professional football clubs to jump start their Youth Programmes.
The league is expected to feature 20 teams divided into 4 groups in April 2017 when the schools are on break. The league competition will take place at a neutral venue with a round robin format, where the top two from each group will qualify to the quarter finals, then winners play the semi finals and then finals to know the winner.
But before the league kicks off in April, each team would be required to appoint an U15 coaches by January /February 2017, because by Feburary /March LaLiga is expected to send in expatriates to train the selected U15 coaches on specifics of youth player coaching, scouting and Management, so as to enable the coaches start preparation for the season effectively.
Also part of the itilnary for the U15 Youth League, LaLiga scouts would be present to assess the boys and also assist the club coaches technically. An Allstar U15 Team would be selected across all the clubs at the end of the season that would likely in the summer participate in the LaLiga PROMISAS tournament comprising the U15 teams of all the top clubs in Spain among other clubs invited globally to Spain.
The League Management company Chairman, Shehu Dikko believes the possibility of starting the U15 league in April would jumpstart the proposed NPFL youth league by next season and also help achieve the target of making each player make his club main team within 2 years minimum.
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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.