Former Super Eagles coach, James Peters
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Nineteen Nigerian players drawn from across the country have left for Romania on a training tour.
The players were accompanied by three officials including former Super Eagles coach, James Peters, FIFA Agent Baba Bala Yauri and assistant coach Emmanuel Makan.
They left on the invitation of the President of Club Sportiv, Markus Makan Bako and will train at the Professional Football Training Centre in Oradea Romania.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was in support of the trip which informed the written approval for trials in selected centres in Nigeria from February 25- April 10, 2012, where the young players were identified.
The teenage players include: Odum Chidera, Shwarkuka Yilchini, Ibrahim Jamilu, Abdu Mutpan, Idris Ozovehe, Damwesh Ezekiel, Lawal AMuhammed, Ilo Uchechukwu, Orji Bethel and Ndukauba Udochukwu.
Others are, Ikpe Emem Ibong, Akor Zico, Ogbajie Tochukwu, Owoicho Anawo, Olarenwaju Adeleke, Jibrin Sunday, Ejiogu Emmanuel, Dachal Sati and Abdulahi Muzambilu.
Before the contingent departed the country last week, Peters, who was once the assistant technical director of NFF, said that tour would expose the young Nigerians to the philosophy and discipline of Romanian football in addition to make them think outside the box during open play.
The Club Sportiv "Professional Football Training Center" (CSPFTC) gives access to the principal forms of play directed by the European soccer standard on experience and technical know how of the sport, based on technical skill as well as tactical, physical, and mental aspect of the game.
It is expected that the Nigerian teenagers will take advantage of the specialized techniques and training that incorporates the latest and most sophisticated processes in soccer education.