American soccer coaches, Odegbami, Rufai, Adepoju others for Cowbell/Multisports summer football camp

. Top five participants to receive American university scholarship

The 2017 edition of the Cowbell Football Academy Summer Camp for youngsters organized by Multisports Services and Entertainment Limited, will be taken a notch higher than previous editions, organizers have disclosed.

Godwin Dudu-Orumen, CEO of Multisports, says the 2017 will feature the participation of leading soccer coaches from some American universities who will, in addition to Nigerian football greats and former Super Eagles players, Segun Odegbami, Peter Rufai, Henry Nwosu, Mutiu Adepoju and Jonathan Akpoborie, take the youngsters through the rudiments of football for a three-week period.

Orumen, a lawyer and former member of the Technical Committee of Nigeria’s football governing body, the NFF says the 2017 edition of the camp, billed to hold at the Mainbowl of the National Stadium and the Lufasi Nature Park, Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos from July 24-August 12, 2017 and which will parade youngsters aged between 5-18 years, will be more than memorable.

Odegbami at the 2016 edition of the camp

“Sports generally, in recent times, have gone beyond recreational activities. It has become a platform for driving the economy and developing career paths for pupils and teeming youths alike, when placed on sound footing. This is what the 2017 summer camp represents.
It will engage participants between ages 5-18 years in competitive football, tactical support, skill training, team talks, and behavioural guide through motivational speakers who would give talks,”Orumen said.

Adepoju taking youngsters through the drill at the last edition

He stated that the above holiday engagement, which is designed to complement students’ academic training, also offers participants the opportunity to make new friends across school lines, and meet with acknowledged and professionally selected celebrity players that are scheduled to give tactical support and team talks.

Coach Nkwocha(far left) in group photo with players at a previous edition

Coach Hyacienth Nkwocha, Head Coach of the programme as well as the Cowbell Football Academy(CFA), says the camp has proved useful in not only firing the interests of players in football but has equally thrown up very talented youngsters who will of use to the various national football teams in future.

“There have been a lot of talented players discovered in past editions and we are looking forward to having a sizeable number this time around,” Nkwocha said.

Youngsters having fun at last year’s event

Orumen said about 500 participants are expected in this year’s edition noting that the icing on the cake would be the award of American university scholarships to outstanding participants by the five soccer coaches coming from America. He disclosed that additional benefits for those participating in the programme.

He added that the programme is open to both resident and non-resident participants with residential partici[pants expected fo pay N75,000 whilst non-residential participants will pay N35,000.
According to him, well-trained hostesses will be on ground to monitor and guide participants to ensure that all their needs are met. The hostels, he said will have necessary facilities for relaxation, fun and play with celebrities invited to have sessions with the children to inspire and motivate them towards lofty and attainable heights.

Show time! Children at play

Orumen noted that the Summer Camp will provide the participants with opportunity to meet new friends, have fun and lots of great experiences.


“The experience of being without parents for once allows them to have a taste of a certain level of independence while having to comply with rules, regulations, schedule and a high level of discipline,” he said.