Ekofootball stars set for Youdan tourney

From left, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode exchanging pleasantries with Fatai Abdullahi, Captain of Ikorodu United, with him is Deji Tinubu, Chairman Lagos State Sport Council at Agege Stadium recently.

Barring any unforseen circumstances, Eko Future Stars, the  Lagos State Football Association, (LSFA) developmental team are set to be part of the 2016 Youdan trophy tournament holding this summer in Sheffied, United Kingdom.

The invitational tournament will also see the likes of Seattle Sounders FC, FC Basel, Glasgow Celtic FC, Queens Park Rangers Sheffield Wednesday and their city rivals, Sheffied United, alos taking part in the over hundred years old tournament.

At the draws held early May, Eko Future Stars will be playing in Group 3 in the under-16 category of the tourney along side, Glasgow Celtic of Scotland,  Royal Antwerp of Belgium and Sheffied Wednesday of England.

Group A will see Derby County, Sheffied United, FC Basel and JHR Rotterdam. Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic, Seattle Sounders and the other Africa team in the tournament, Friendly Academy will compete in group 2.

While group 4, has Wolverhampton Wanderers, Queens Park Rangers, Rosenborg BK and Maiden City.

Dotun Coker, chairman, technical committee of the Lagos FA disclosed to CorporateSport that the team has commence preparations for the tourney with weekend trainings.

He stated that, the team will move to camp sometimes in July after schools long vacation,  adding that the team’s involvement is to further develop the boys.

Football legend, Welsh internationa, John Hartson joined forces with former Manchester United player and now Oxford United manager Michael Appleton at the draw held at the National Football Museum  in Manchester on Thursday, May 19th, both expressed the believe that the tournament will unfold future world soccer stars.

At the draws which was streamed live around the globe are some of the biggest clubs on the planet presenting teams for the international football tournament being scheduled for August 1-5 to be played in Sheffield, the birthplace of the game of football.