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28 Nigerian clubs to feature in SPOCS global tournament — Opanuga

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Nationwide Division One League one (NLO) side, SGFC Athletics Sports Club, will participate in one of the biggest scouting tourneys in the country, SPOCS Scouting Championship.

The tournament which is expected to feature 28 teams across the country on parade include Nigeria Premier League clubs like Bendel Insurance, Bayelsa Utd, Box 2 Box, the team that discovered Victor Osemeh, Shooting Stars and NNL side Beyond Limit FC.

The event will be held at the Remo Stars Stadium in Ikenne, Ogun State from October 2-9, 2023.

Organized by SPOCS Nigeria, an extension of the renowned sports agency — SPOC Global — it manages a lot of top talent worldwide with the aim of further discovering and harnessing talents for the global football market, SPOCS International, under the auspices of Sacha Empacher with Gbenga Agbejoye, a mutual representative of SPOCS Nigeria.

SGFC Athletics will be going into the tournament, fresh from lifting the just concluded 2023 Ciroma of Ilorin Cup in August.

The club will also return to Ikenne for the first time after lifting the maiden edition of the 2022 Evolution Cup.

SGFC Athletics also finished top of the Kwara State centre of the 2023 NLO abridged league season before losing out to Shooting Stars Team B of Ibadan in the first playoffs round.

Reacting to this development, an American-based sports enthusiasts and club owner, Richard Opanuga, said top clubs scouts from around the world would be on ground including New Castle Utd, FC Luzern of Swiss, Vancouver Whitecaps of Canada, Slavia Praque, Rapid Wien FC, Redstar Belgrade and Frankfurt.

He added that it would be an excellent opportunity for the players to demonstrate their skills and catch the attention of professional teams (scouts) that would be available.

“This is an opportunity we have to grab, the event will provide us with the opportunity for our players to go out there and show case what they have which will give them the opportunity to sign up with International football clubs.

“This is a good initiative from SPOCS it is one of its kinds like I said we just have to tap into this. At SGFC Athletics we have the talents to parade and I am confident that it is a sign that something good is just about to happen,” he said.

Agbejoye of SPOCS Nigeria said he had showcased few clubs around while visiting the clubs training sessions to ensure a better squad presentation in search of the exceptional lads, adding that he is targeting talents between ages 17 – 20 years bracket.

He said he is “on top gear, highly spirited and expecting every team to parade top talents with high class sporting agility for Sacher Empacher and his team’s delight.”

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