Buruj Sports Academy 2016 Review
The year 2016 was a very eventful one for all of us at Buruj Sports Academy and we can only be grateful for the giant strides we were able to take in the year while hoping that 2017 will bring bigger and better opportunities for us.
We kicked off the year when our old players resumed and we undertook recruitment for new players who had shown promise and talent.
As soon as we were done with this we started rigourous training programmes drawn up by the coaches.
This programme was to be followed religiously throughout the year and, to test how how much the players had imbibed from the coaches, we had our first training games of the year in February.
We drew 1-1 with 36 Lions before beating BRF Football Academy (2 – 1) to round off the month.
Meanwhile we upped the intensity of our training programmes because of the competitions we had ahead of us.
In March, Buruj Sports Academy participated in the L:agos State FA Cup competition and while we may not have done as well as we wanted, it was a good dress rehearsal for our first foreign trip of the year as we travelled to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the Dubai International Super Cup
We came back with valuable lessons learnt and it reflected in our performances in the friendly games that we played in April. We saw improved showings from the players in the training games against Imperial Academy (2 – 3) and BRF Football Academy (1 – 1).
We immediately began preparations for our upcoming trip to the United Kingdom with a series of high-quality friendly games against top opposition.
In July/August, we attended and participated at both the English and Welsh International Super Cups thus becoming the only Nigerian team to participate in the competition as well as the Dubai International Super Cup in the same year.
On our return to Nigeria, the nature and intensity of our training changed as a result of the valuable experience gained from participating in the international competitions. We played another friendly game against 36 Lions and drew 1 – 1.
In October we ramped up our friendly games with matches against Hansworth (1 – 0); Young Strikers (2 – 1) and newly promoted Premier League side Remo stars (3 – 1).
We were to play Young Strikers again (3 – 2) as we prepared to participate in the Frank Peters Cup Tournament in which our players gave a good account of themselves. We started the tourney with a 1-0 loss but bounced back to win the next two games with identical 1-0 results.
Buruj FC saved our best performance for last as we beat all comers to win the 2016 Olodo Golden Cup Tournament which had 16 highly-rated teams in attendance.
Overall it was an impressive year for both the management, coaches and players of Buruj Sports Academy but we are confident that based on the foundation laid in 2016, the new year will be one full of accomplishments of set goals.