Top 5 Best Football Academies In Nigeria 2017
Of recent, we have seen Nigerian football players shinning in professional football competitions. A lot of thanks go to football academies in the country, as they have made the meaningful impact to make this possible. Our football academies have risen from a low status to a high status; these academies are now excellent at what they do. However, do not make the mistake of thinking that all football academies in the country have scaled up, there are still a lot of football academies which are still poor. In case you want to attend or enroll someone at a football academy, it is very important that you know the good ones. This article will provide you with a list of the top 5 best football academies in Nigeria. Here we go with our list.
Top 5 Best Football Academies In Nigeria
1. Pepsi Football Academy (PFA)
Pepsi Football Academy, also known as PFA, is the first best on our list of the top 5 best football academies in Nigeria. This academy was established by Kashimawo Laloko, in November 1992. Two years after the establishment, this academy gained a strong support from the beverage company, Pepsi, which is the reason why the academy was named Pepsi Football Academy. This academy has its primary presence at Agege Stadium, Lagos, and it also has 14 training centres across Nigeria. There are 54 coaches in this academy, and this academy has been able to produce great footballers. To mention a few, John Obi Mikel, Sunday Mba, Dominic Chatto, Echiabhi Okodugha, Joseph Akpala, Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé, Conquest Osaroigwe, Soga Sambo and Yinka Adedeji. This academy is opened to children between ages of 6 years and 18 years. The registration fee is N12,000 as of the time of writing this article. For more information, you can visit the academy’s website: www.pepsifootballacademy.com.
2. Barcelona Football Academy (FCBESCOLA)
Barcelona Football Academy, which is also known as FCBESCOLA, is an international football academy which has a branch in Nigeria. The academy is owned by Barcelona Football Club of Spain. It has a registration centre at Teslim Balogun Stadium Complex. Teslim Balogun Stadium Complex is located in Surulere, Lagos State. Barcelona Football Academy is an excellent football academy that imbibes its students with great football skills. This academy also teaches its students to play in the Barcelona style. Some great footballers who are products of Barcelona Football Academy (FCBESCOLA), include Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Victor Valdes, Cesc Fabregas and Sergi Busquets. The academy is opened to children between the ages of 5 years and 18 years. The registration fee of this academy is N13,500, payment can be made by cash or with POS. Barcelona Football Academy (FCBESCOLA) also has a presence in places like London (England), Barcelona (Spain), Marbella (Spain), etc.
3. Kwara State Football Academy (KWFA)
Kwara State Football Academy is also known as KWFA. The academy is located in Kwara State, Nigeria, and owned by the Kwara State government. This football academy was established by a former Kwara State governor and present Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki. The academy was established in 2005, and it commenced operation with Clemence Westerhof who was once the Nigeria national team technical adviser. Kwara State Football Academy (KWFA) is presently under the management of Paul Ashwonth, a Swedish technical director. Paul Ashwonth is a very experienced manager who has managed important European teams like Dynamo Kiev and FC Peterborough. He has the support of 7 coaches who are all former Nigeria international footballers having coaching certificates. The management team all work together to train about 150 students. Kwara State Football Academy (KWFA) is opened to students between the ages of 13 years and 21 years.
4. Abuja Football College (AFC)
Abuja Football College (AFC) is not only among the best football academies in Nigeria, it is also a high-class football academy. This academy was established in 2012 by a FIFA licensed instructor, Gabriel Newton. The establishment occurred in partnership with Haruna Abba. Since its establishment in 2012, this academy has been able to put up a spectacular performance. It has won a good number of trophies, two of which include: the FCT Federations Cup and the Unity Football Competition. This football academy has also played a good number of international games, some of which they excelled in. This academy is located in the capital of Nigeria. To be more specific, it is located at 52, Yedesram Street, Maitama, Abuja. In addition to its football training programme, the academy has an educational programme running the United States educational curriculum.
5. Midas Soccer Academy (MSA)
Midas Soccer Academy (MSA) is not just a football academy, it is a great place to be for a student aspiring to achieve greatness in their football career. This academy was established in 2006 with an excellent set of goals. This academy aims to be one of the biggest football academies in the whole Africa, it also aims at having branches littered all over the world. It is of utmost desire for Midas Soccer Academy (MSA) to produce world-class footballers who can play confidently for national football teams, as well as big football clubs. This academy is working very hard towards its goal. Furthermore, the academy is affiliated to the Nigeria Football Federation and a host of important football organizations.
6. Papilo Football Academy
Papilo Football Academy is a private football academy owned by one of Nigeria’s greatest football stars, Nwankwo Kanu. Nwankwo Kanu played excellently for the Nigerian national team for a good number of years. He also played for world-class football teams, these teams are namely Ajax Football Club, Inter Milan Football Club, Arsenal Football Club, and Portsmouth Football Club. Nwankwo Kanu founded Papilo Football Academy in 2001, and he is determined to make it one of the best football academies in the world. The legendary football player has achieved great success as some of his students are now world-class footballers. He trained footballers like Joel Obi of Inter Milan and Stanley Okoro of Battista. Papilo Football Academy is known to periodically host international coaches to train his students.
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