Ahead of the upcoming 2019 South East South South Pre-Season Tournament to be hosted by Nanka, Anambra State, home side Nanka XI are out to make an impression during the tournament.
The side which is being coached by Azubike Egbuedike have been training for the tournament at the NEROS Stadium, venue for this year’s Tournament.
The team which is comprised of mostly players from Nanka town will be participating in this year’s tournament with the aim of giving the young players a platform to showcase their talents.
Mr Akonam Obiefuna who is the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee as well as an indigene of Nanka told DiegwuSports that the players are looking forward to the possibility of coming up against the more established teams in the South East South South region.
‘We are excited to be taking part in this year’s tournament and the players are looking forward to it too. The players are also looking forward to play against the more established sides like Delta Force, Rivers United and others.
‘This is a perfect avenue for the young lads to showcase their talent and get the attention of the big clubs. You never can tell what will happen if a few of them impress during the tournament.’ Akonam said
Nanka town in recent years have earned a reputation to be a football loving town as it has been the hosts of the Anambra State FA Cup Final since 2012. The same year, Nanka also hosted the pre tournament camping of the National Men’s U17 team, The Golden Eaglets ahead of the 2013 Africa Cadet Championships.
It has also gained popularity among NPFL clubs who have used Nanka for their annual Pre-Season camping especially since the opening if the NEROS Stadium.
Most recently, Nanka was also on the international map as Crotone striker Simeon Nwankwo was selected to represent Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. An achievement which Akonam believes will inspire the young generation of Nanka youth.
‘Simmy’s exploits last year was a real breakthrough for the community. It has given a lot of believe to the young ones that they can make it professionally. So a tournament like this can be an avenue to discover the next SIMMY. So the players are not taking it lightly.’
Nanka XI are to hold it’s final screening on Saturday where the team will be trimmed to 23 ahead of the SESS tournament.
The SESS Pre-Season Tournament will hold from August 20-27 at the NEROS Sports Stadium, Nanka.