Fidelis Ilechukwu, Head Coach of Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) team, Heartland has informed that his grassroot football championships, Fidelis Ilechukwu Super 8 & 6 will serve as a platform for him, his assistants and scout to shop for talented players for his team.
One of the tourney billed for Jos, which was at the semi-final stage would have been concluded if not for the curfew declared by the Plateau State Government owing to the spate of violence and criminality which trailed the End SARS protests in Jos, the State capital. While the one for Owerri will kickoff on Wednesday, 28th October, at the Township Stadium.
Ilechukwu, a former U-23 Assistant Coach told sports journalists in Owerri: “Now that football is back after the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 lifted its ban on contact sports, the tournament will serve as the needed platform for me to scout for talented players.
“During my brief stay in Lagos a few weeks ago, I took my time going the nooks and crannies to shop players, behold I was impressed with what I saw from these youngsters.
“Like it’s happening in Jos, same opportunity I want to give to talented players based here in Owerri as I believe that players taking part in the Fidelis Ilechukwu Super 6 will show their quality and exhibit their skills during the 2-day event.
“As a coach who believe in grassroot players; it was imperative I organize this kind of mini-tournament, as they are the future of any professional team.
“Players who meet my set standards and also have the right attitude on and off the pitch will definitely be signed by Heartland.
“The positives from the tournament is not me alone as I want to use this medium to thank the Executive Board of the Imo Football Association, whose credit must be given to for helping organise this year’s edition of the Fidelis Ilechukwu Super 6,”The Working One further said.
The six teams taking part in the event are Campos FC, Pokat FC, Taiye FC, Amanda FC, Vicking and Ekuweme FC.
However, the concluding part of the Fidelis Ilechukwu Super 8 in Jos, is set to kick off this week from the semi-final stage.
These are the four semi finalist in the Ilechukwu grassroots tourney in Jos, Jazzy Stars Football Academy, Victory Football Club, Corinthians Football Club and FC Izam.