Aspire FC duo arrive Germany for Bayern youth tourney


Anambra-born football talents from Aspire FC Mbezue Nzube and Chidera Nnadi are among 10 Nigerian young footballers, selected across the country, who have arrived Germany for the Bayern Munich FC World Youth Tournament.

Founder of Aspire FC, Dr Emeka Okeke, sponsor of Nzube and Nnadi, told newsmen that the players joined the Bayern Munich FC Academy for the tournament.

Okeke said the competition would commence Oct.15 in Munich, with the players selected from a four-day national championship organised by Aspire FC, Anambra, in collaboration with Bayern Munich FC Academy.

“The players departed Nigeria Oct. 11 with Mbezue Nzube and Chidera Nnadi, alongside three officials, joining the team from Anambra.

“Aspire FC organised the national championship in May, where the 10 players were selected for the trip to Germany,” he said.

Nzube and Nnadi were joined by a management team consisting of Aspire FC Team Manager, Augustine Okoye, coach Justin Ezeude of Jay 1 Academy and Aspire Foundation Brand Publicity Director, Ms. Chisom Omeokachie.

Team Nigeria’s participation in the tournament was initiated in April, when Aspire FC Foundation, VOE Foundation and Anambra Sports Development Commission hosted the FC Bayern Youth Cup Nigeria in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

The event brought together FC Bayern international scouts, including football legend and German World Cup winner, Hans Pfluiger, and FC Bayern World squad coach, Christopher Loch, as well as 10 football academies from across Nigeria at the new Awka City Stadium for a youth football development and promotion programme.

The tournament was won by FC Hearts Academy, Kano and produced the players for the tournament.

While VOE Foundation remains a top grassroots football foundation that promotes international football development programmes in Nigeria, Aspire FC Foundation is a human capital development foundation who, amongst other capacity development projects, sponsors Aspire FC Adazi-Ani, who are currently in the Nigerian National League, while also creating opportunities for international football development collaborations in Nigeria.