Coach Oloyede calls for more players, insists Buruj Sports Academy ready for Super Cup challenge
Speaking with journalists after the team’s training on Wednesday morning, Oloyede said he still wants a minimum of five players including two midfielders, a defender and strikers to fortify the team but insisted that the level of opposition in Dubai and Manchester will not be higher than the one his team is encountering in the several friendly games they’ve played so far and thus he harbours no fear for their chances when the competitions kick off.
He said: “We have been seriously preparing for the trip and I can say we are ready to face any team. We have introduced a lot of new innovations and seen the players’ response in training. The performances and results in our friendly games have been very encouraging and I’m convinced we will do ourselves and Nigerians proud when we get to Dubai and Manchester.”
Apart from the friendly games, Oloyede also talked about the new players who will be required to beef up the team.
“I’m pleased that the players we have are always trying to improve but we still want to give some players the opportunity to show what they can do and to have a chance of being scouted by agents of major clubs who will be at the tournaments. Already we have brought two brothers Ntong Godwin who plays as a central defender and Ntong Lucky Ebere, an attacker into the squad and I can say for sure that they add something special to our game. We still need others to come into the team,” Oloyede, who made his name playing for Stationery Stores, Rangers and Julius Berger as well as the Super Eagles, said.
Buruj Sports Academy will stage a return to the Dubai Super Cup which they attended in 2016. Now in its 7th year, the Dubai International Super Cup is recognized as one of the leading soccer tournaments in the world. Year after year the tournament sells out with teams from all over the world flying to Dubai to be part of this globally recognized event.
The 2017 tournament already has teams from USA, Egypt, India, South Africa, Kenya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia, England, Wales, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah & Dubai registered with Buruj Academy being the only team from West Africa expected to feature at the tournament.
They will then move on to the United Kingdom for the Manchester Cup which has been described as the UK’s leading Easter youth football tournament played in the heart of the world renowned home of football – Manchester, England.