‘Future stars are here in Copa Coca-Cola,’ says Victor Agali

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The former Nigeria international highlighted the importance of the school championship which he said harbours great potential for the country

Victor Agali believes Copa Coca-Cola will help groom future stars that would shape Nigerian football for good.

The former Schalke 04 and Nice forward joined the Copa Coca-Cola train as the celebrity coach for the Ilorin regionals, and led students on basic tactical drills in the coaching clinic.

Prior to the taking the youngsters through their paces, the 38-year-old spoke on the importance of finding a balance between education, football and life in general.

And most importantly, how being disciplined aided his growth to the level where he donned the Super Eagles' jersey 12 times in an illustrious career that spanned for almost two decades.

Agali lauds the tournament as an avenue for grooming young football potentials.

“Copa Coca-Cola is something great and amazing,” Agali told Goal

“If you are a stakeholder in the game, you can’t help but support the programme because this is something that is amazing, something the Europeans are doing for their kids at the early age of 13 and 14. Coca Cola is providing the platform for we the former internationals, and some coaches to come in and help these youths, it is something really great and worth supporting.

“We have future stars in Copa Coca-Cola," he added.

"Coca-Cola is doing very well with this programme but it has to be consistent because it is something that has to go over and over again. It is not just enough with one clinic, it has to be regular. I know it is financially demanding because of the kids and their schools because we don’t want to take them off their school activities.

"But  I think we should devise a means, if possible, going down to their schools and help them more because it will help Nigerian football.

“There is every tendency for them to be great players. They are kids now, this is the time anything you tell them sticks to their head and this is the time we have to be patient and keep passing the right message because in the space of two, three months if it is constant passing of the message, they really get this message and it helps them to have it in their head.

“I think that’s where we are lacking, that is why when the Europeans have an African player come down to Europe, they appreciate the player’s physique and skills but tactically he is missing and that is what affect us here. We don’t start from the tender age now to start giving this tactical discipline and self control over the field," he concluded.

Copa Coca-Cola is world’s largest brand supported grassroots football tournament that connects and engages teenagers. This year’s edition is Coca-Cola's biggest yet as a 22 million naira Education Trust Fund initiative is part of eye-popping prizes.

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Coca-Cola will also be revamping schools' football pitches across the Nigerian federation which will go a long way in aiding the development of the country's future stars.

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