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youth cup nigeria
Our signature tournament for identifying elite U16 boys is part of the FC Bayern Youth Cup tournament series hosted by FC Bayern partners in different countries, with each participating country sending a representing team to the world finals that holds at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Since its first Nigerian edition in 2018, Africa’s first, over 10,000 players have participated with several of the players identified receiving invites to youth national team training camps. Five (5) of the players have gone on to represent the Nigeria in regional tournaments and the U17 FIFA World Cup, with some pursuing a professional career in Local and European leagues.
Hans Pfluger will again arrive in Nigeria to help select a team that will aim to defend the FC Bayern Youth Cup. This edition sees the return of regional qualifiers and will look to engage over 600 players across 4 regions. Tournament is open for boys born in 2007 and 2008.
The restart of the tournament after the pandemic break saw Hans Pfluger arrive in Nigeria to select the best players. For the first time since participating and at the third time of asking, Team Nigeria became Champions of the FC Bayern Youth Cup producing the MVP, top scorer and best goalkeeper with 8 players in the TOTT.
Still in the middle of a global pandemic, Bayern Munich coaches supported local coaches in Nigeria using the Internet to host a training camp for the players selected since the inception of the project in Nigeria. The camp highlight was a friendly game with the U17 National team and a visit from the Super Eagles coach.
In this edition, Giovane Elber was supported by the National U17 coach, Manu Garba to select Team Nigeria. Stanley Iheanacho and Christian Nwachukwu earned call ups to the nation U17 team and have since gone on to ply their trade in Europe. Unfortunately, Covid-19 meant cancellation of the world finals.
In the second year, the Nigerian tournament was supported by the Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr and Bayern legend Klaus Augenthaler to great success with the discovery of Daniel Francis, who has gone on to represent Nigeria at the 2019 U17 World Cup and his continued development earned him a contract with Bayern Munich
For the first time, the oldest and biggest youth tournament for U16 boys hosted by a European club welcomed an African team. Ablaze FC of Lagos became the inaugural Nigerian champions. Kelvin Agho from this edition has gone on to sign a professional contract with Crystal Palace in England.
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Take a snippet into 6 editions of FC Bayern Youth Cup Nigeria