MTN U-17 Football Scholarship begins screening of players

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– The fourth edition the MTN Football Scholarship for U-17 is commence the screening for the South West Zone at the National Stadium, , on , May 5.

The programme, available only pupils between the ages 14 17, was fashioned help indigent but skillful soccer combine and football careers in the U.S.

MTN Scholarship Media Representative, Adesina Adetola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the previous editions have been a success.

Adetola said that apart from on-the-pitch screening, participants were expected to possess a minimum standard of qualifications recognised by the host country, the U.S.

“The stakes are high, hence the requirements are also high,” he said.

According to him, more 200 pupils are expected to be enlisted into the programme from the screening.

He said the students would also be required to sit for the standardised test for most admissions in the US (SAT), before going to the U.S for the two-year programme.

“Although, the are Nigeria School Certificate holders, the U.S. is from Nigeria’s, hence, the SAT examination.

“Over the years, MTN has been looking forward to assist Nigerian soccer-loving to make the best of their talents and this project is a product of that vision.

“The project aims to strike a balance between sports and educational pursuits, in a more advanced setting,” he said.

Adetola said that the programme would provide a new lease of for the selected ones, as it would help them to make better career choices in sports and education. (NAN)