Pepsi Academy Turns 25, Laloko Counts Blessings


Pepsi Football Academy (PFA) is 25 years old wednesday after it was founded on November 22 1992.

The renowned academy, which started operating at the old Agege stadium at inception, has produced many players for clubs and different cadres of the national teams.

Among the players are former Chelsea midfielder and current Super Eagles’ captain John Mikel Obi who plies his trade in the Chinese Super League. Others are Elderson Echiejile, Osaze Odemwingie and Stephen Makinwa.

It has also registered well in competitions across the West African sub-region as well as Asian countries.

Director of the academy, Chief Kasimawo Laloko, said the institution had come of age and looked forward to brighter years.

“I have since become a slave to this project that elevated me and gave me honours,” Laloko stated yesterday in a letter he wrote to the former Marketing Manager of Seven Up Bottling Company, Mr. Iain Nelson, stressing that he would commit the rest of his life to the advancement of the academy.

Laloko, however, said an elaborate commemorative event would be outlined in the days ahead.

“This is a momentous occasion that calls for celebration and we shall spare nothing to let the world know about our past, present as well as our future,” the veteran administrator also said.