Top ten football academies in Nigeria

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In Nigeria, football is like a religion. The country is recognized globally as a football-loving nation, and as a result, there are numerous football academies scattered across the country. These academies serve as a breeding ground for young football talents, nurturing and developing them to become world-class players.

These academies don’t just produce talents for both local and international clubs, but majorly, for the country’s junior national teams like “The Golden Eaglets”, “The Flying Eagles”, “The Flamingos” and “The Falconets”. In this article, we will be discussing the ‘top ten best’ football academies in Nigeria. We’ll start with the foremost one, the Pepsi academy!

Pepsi Football Academy
The Pepsi Football Academy is undoubtedly one of the oldest most renowened football academies in Nigeria. Founded in 1992 by Kashimawo Laloko, the academy which since 1994 has been supported by Pepsi, has produced several notable footballers for various national teams.

The academy provides young talents with state-of-the-art facilities and coaching to ensure their growth and development. At inception, the Pepsi academy had Lagos as its only base but growth and expansion has seen the academy spread its tentacles to about 13 other locations across Nigeria.

Kwara Football Academy
Established in 2005 by the administration of Dr Bukola Saraki, Kwara Football Academy is a government-owned football academy located in Ilorin, Kwara State. The academy provides young footballers with free education and training, with the aim of producing world-class players who can represent Nigeria at the international level. At inception, a former Super Eagles coach, Clemmence Westerhof was brought in to implement the program on behalf of the Kwara state government.

FC Bescola Football Academy
The FC Bescola Football Academy is a private football academy located in Lagos State. The academy provides young talents with world-class facilities, coaching, and education. It might interest you to know that, this academy is actually owned by FC Barcelona. Yes! You heard me right. Training at the FC Bescola football academy in Nigeria follows similar training techniques, operations, training sessions and methodology from FC Barcelona first team and the youth academy in Spain.

Nath Boys Football Academy
Founded in 2010 in Lagos, Nathaniel Boys Football Academy is a non-profit football academy located in Lagos State. The academy provides young talents with coaching and training to ensure their growth and development.

Abuja Football College
Abuja Football College is located in the heart of Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja at plot 52, Yedesram Street, Maitama, Abuja.
The Abuja Football College, popularly called FC Abuja, was founded in 2012 by Mr Gabrielle Volpi as a private organization that provides young footballers with formal education and football training, with the aim of producing world-class players who can represent Nigeria at the international level.

Papilo Football Academy
The Papilo Football Academy, founded by Nigerian football legend Nwankwo Kanu, in 2001, is located in Owerri, Imo State. The academy provides young talents with state-of-the-art facilities and coaching to ensure their growth and development. The academy has produced several notable footballers, Kelechi Nwakali, Stanley Okoro, Kelechi Iheanacho amongst others.

Real Madrid Football Academy, Port Harcourt

Real Madrid Football Academy Port Harcourt, is owned by the Rivers State Government in partnership Real Madrid Football Club of Spain.

The academy combines academic studies with football coaching in a bid to develop complete football players. The world class facilities at this academy can be compared with some of the elite academies in Europe.

 

The facilities at this academy range from a football pitch to swimming pools, classrooms, staff rooms, student hostels, ICT rooms, Biology, Physics and Chemistry laboratories, Dining Halls and more.

Kwara United Football Academy
The Kwara United Football Academy is a government-owned football academy located in Ilorin, Kwara State. The academy provides young talents with free education and training, with the aim of producing world-class players who will graduate to the state-owned NPFL team, Kwara United as well as represent Nigeria at the international level.

Remo Stars Football Club Academy
The Remo Stars Football Club Academy, also known as Remo Stars United Youth Academy (RSUYA), is a private football academy located in Ikenne, Ogun State. The academy provides young talents with state-of-the-art facilities and coaching to ensure their growth and development.

Bolowotan Football Academy
The Bolowotan Football Academy is a non-profit football academy located in Lagos State. The academy provides young talents with coaching and training to ensure their growth and development.

Conclusion
In conclusion, Nigeria is blessed with numerous football academies that have produced world-class footballers. The top ten best football academies in Nigeria, as discussed above, have provided young talents with state-of-the-art facilities, coaching, and education, helping them to achieve their dreams of becoming professional footballers.

These academies have not only produced notable footballers, but they have also contributed immensely to the development of football in Nigeria. They have served as a platform for discovering and nurturing talents, which has contributed to the success of the Nigerian national teams.

These football academies have produced several notable footballers, and they continue to contribute to the development of football in Nigeria. If you are a young footballer in Nigeria looking to achieve your dreams, enrolling in one of these academies would be a great step towards achieving your goals.

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