Speaking at a meeting with the team today, Regional Communication Manager Philip Mshelbila said: ‘Building on the many successes of the NNPC/Shell Cup, we have entered this partnership with Feyenoord in demonstration of our commitment to giving values to our youth. The idea is to see players and coaches from all the schools that qualified for the semi-finals of the championship leave with life changing experiences from this interaction with Feyenoord Rotterdam FC.’
Feyenoord was founded in 1908 and is the first Dutch club to win the European Cup (the UEFA in 2002) and the Intercontinental Cup. It has so far won 14 Eredivisie titles, 11 KNVB Cups and two Johan Cruijff Shields at home, where it enjoys huge national support. Feyenoord Rotterdam won the title of the best youth academy in the Netherlands for an unprecedented four year in a roll—2010-2013. The football academy has produced players such as Robin van Persie, now playing with Manchester United.
‘We’re excited to be in Nigeria in this partnership with the SPDC JV. We look forward to exciting coaching sessions with students and coaches in the NNPC/Shell Cup this week.” said Gido Vader Feyenoord International Relations Manager. “Feyenoord Youth Football Academy has a big bank of professional skills to impart to the teams and we believe that they are as eager as we are for this interaction.’
A Nigerian football Olympiad Michael Obiku is a member of the Feyenoord team.
The All Nigeria Secondary Schools Football Championship popularly known as NNPC/Shell Cup was founded on the philosophy that youth sports and education can enhance the chances of success of youth who choose to pursue careers on the football field. Some 16 years on, the championship has identified and groomed many grassroots talents to national and international stardom. Some notable alumni of the championship include Solomon Okonkwo, Bala Ezekie, Ambrsoe Vanzekin, Isaac promise, Emmanuel Sarki, Chinedu Obasi, Femi Opabunmi, Ibrahim Ajani, Eyimofe Joseph and among others.