Anambra to host FC Bayern Youth Championship 2022 in Nigeria – Reuters

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………..As former German defender Pflugler expected in Nigeria for FC Bayern Youth Cup 2022

The Bavarian great will be in the country this weekend for the grassroots championship intended to unearth hidden talent.

The competition – an international tournament series for players aged 15-16 – will be held at the new Awka City Stadium in Anambra State.

Meanwhile, selected talents will travel to Munich, Germany to represent Nigeria in the World Finals where they will meet other finalists from other parts of the world.

Former Germany international Hans Pflugler will be in Nigeria for this year’s FC Bayern Youth Cup which runs from April 29 to May 1.

Six years after the Bayern Youth Cup kicked off, Nigeria were included for the first time in 2018 with legends Giovane Elber and Klaus Augenthaler visiting the West African country to select some of their best as Daniel Francis, Nwachukwu Christian and Stanley Iheanacho – who went on to represent Nigeria’s national youth teams.

The 2022 edition is brought to Nigeria by the VOE Foundation, Aspire Foundation and Anambra State Sports Development Commission.

Speaking on his visit to Nigeria, Pfluger, who is a Bayern Munich legend, said in a statement made available to GOAL: “After a few difficult years, we are looking forward to getting the ball rolling in Nigeria.

“Our tournament in this country has always been a source of impressive young talent, we look forward to once again giving them the platform to showcase their talent. Our aim is to select a group of competitive players who, in addition to experiencing a unique experience in Munich, will also bring a top performance to the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Final.

Additionally, Tournament Director Victor Obinna Edeh added that: “The last edition held in Nigeria was held in 2020 and with the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic and global travel restrictions, the World Finals did not take place. could hold.

“We had a training camp last year with distance support from Germany and a friendly against the U17 national team to help support the development of the players we have selected since 2018.

“We are delighted to be hosting the National Finals this year at Anambra and look forward to seeing some exciting new talent who can follow in the footsteps of some of our former participants who are currently playing football in Europe.”

In his own remarks, the Chairman of the Anambra State Sports Development Commission, Chief Tony Oli, opined that the hosting of the Nigeria National Finals in Anambra State is in line with the state government’s vision to position ‘Home for All’ as the home of Nigeria’s football.

In a similar vein, the Director of Program Design and Development at the Aspire Foundation, Onwubuche Tobechi, said that Anambra 2022 is another way for the Aspire Foundation to further its mission of empowering young Nigerians. opportunity to find each other across various platforms, this time on a global scale. .

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