Officials of Pepsi Football Academy have expressed satisfaction with the players despite a heavy defeat in a friendly match with Nigeria’s U-17 side, the Golden Eaglets.
The Pepsi Academy boys lost 9-0 in the match played at Agege Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday.
Speaking after the match, Technical Officer, Pepsi Football Academy, Mr. Adewale Laloko said the match was an exposure for the boys to play a tough and tactical team like the Eaglets who are preparing for a major regional competition in Togo. “The game has helped us to assess the response of our boys to training and instructions,” he said.
Adewale Laloko also explained that only players from Agege centre out of 14 centres across Nigeria were used to prosecute the match as there was not enough time to pick and assemble the best players from different Pepsi Academy centres across the country.
Marketing Manager, Key Accounts, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Mrs. Patricia Ordia-Iletogun said Pepsi would not relent in supporting initiatives either in music, sports or education that will bring out the best in Nigerian youths.
Coach of the Eaglets, Emmanuel Amunike said the team was making steady progress.
He said, “All what we can do as a team is to continue to encourage ourselves and God willing, I hope we can put smiles on the faces of Nigerians when the time come.”