The race for the national finals of the 2017 Copa Coca-Cola tournament kicked off with a coaching clinic at the Modern Secondary School pitch, Port Harcourt on Tuesday morning.
The region, which has schools from Enugu, Cross Rivers, Bayelsa, Owerri, and Akwa Ibom enjoyed the presence of the Nigerian women assistant coach, Ann Chiejine, who expresses satisfaction with the learning attitude the players during the session.
She also thumbs up Coca-Cola for the opportunity given to these children to showcase their talents, adding that if other organizations tow th same lane, Nigerian football will not be at the stage it is currently.
"I'm very happy and I don't know why, because I have seen they are eager, they want to learn, and when you have people who are ready to learn, it means that in a couple of years from now, most of them would have graduated to the national U17 team because they have shown they want to thrive," Chiejine told Goal.
"They are not forming like they know the basics, but they are ready to learn, and with this attitude, I think sky is their starting points.
"A lot except those who do not understand what grassroots football means because this is a transition program, right now we are talking about U15 and by next year, they will be graduating to U16, and that's how they will continue to move to higher level in national team football.
"I think we should embrace the opportunity and say thank you to Coca-Cola and I'm saying this because if ten companies are doing this same thing, Nigeria will not be where they are right now.
"So the ones with the guts to take up the challenge must be given kudos for the good initiative and we urge them to continue so that these youngsters can develop knowing the rudiments of the game (they already know how to pass, dribble, jab and lots more) not that they are learning afresh at age 18 years.
"So I think Copa Coca-Cola is doing very well and we are saying thank you to them.