Nigeria’s first Digital Scouting Tournament will kick off from November 8-11, 2017 at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
Put together by reputable football agencies – Tosmicom and Youth2Pro – the competition is driven towards discovering technically gifted football stars in the country towards making them a world-class product.
Six teams are expected to take part and the championship will be used to create digital profile and scouting videos for players which will then be sent to network of clubs through Melvin Chalobah - Business Development Manager, Base Soccer Agency.
Since 2017, Base Soccer Agency has concluded over 350 transfer deals of players like the Ayew brothers, Super Eagles’ Kayode Olanrewaju, Ashley Young, Mohamed ElNeny, Aaron Ramsey and Kyle Walker.
According to Chalobah – who facilitated Alhassan Ibrahim’s move from Akwa United to Austria Vienna and then Portugal’s CS Maritimo, this competition is a good call for the discovery of hidden potentials.
“With the emergence and growing popularity of video scouting platforms such as wyscout.com for clubs to analyse all aspects of players performance, it is the trend seeing emerging talents evolve in the form of a growing demand for quality technical video footage and players digital profile.”
African clubs and sports stakeholders have traditionally used a lot of resources and time to either invite scouts from Europe to Africa to watch players or to send their best talents to Europe for them to try their luck which is logistically and financially challenging.
The new trend now requires that that same resources can be spent wisely on production of quality technical video footage covering whole matches and creating specific player video games which can be easily circulated to the scouting departments of the vast networks of European clubs that a global agency such as my employer have access to.