Ezenwonye said this in Abuja at the launching of the academy’s programme for the kids tagged: “Street Kids, Back to School through Soccer’’.
“This is to enable the player fall back on something in case his football career is truncated.
“However, we want to harness their skills, develop them and market them to clubs in Europe and Asia; we have many clubs that have asked us to scout for quality players for them,’’ he said.
He said the education acquired would enable the players to read, write and discuss intelligently when they were faced with difficulties, adding that the players would be selected through competitions.
“We have tournaments where the discovered talents are competing among themselves; what we do is to select the best from different participating academies and clubs that will be competing.
“ We have a mandate with foreign clubs to get these players, re-train them and prepare them professionally and mentally to avoid culture of shock while they are abroad.’’
He said the high demand for Nigeria’s talented players was because of their exploits in the Golden Eaglets at the Under-17 World Championships organised by FIFA. (NAN)