After months of deliberations and concerted discussions, the management of the Fieldoo Nigeria Challenge has pegged registration fee for the April 5 to 11 European football scouting programme at two hundred thousand naira, (N200, 000) only.
Announcing the development in Abuja on Monday, the Fieldoo Nigeria Challenge Director, Coach John Sam Obuh said that the need to review the registration fee for the European scouting programme scheduled to hold at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja was due to the impact of the novel Covid-19 pandemic that have disrupted global economy and distorted sporting activities worldwide.
Coach Obuh who was the head coach of Nigeria’s 2009 silver-winning U-17 team the golden Eaglets said that the new registration fee was arrived at to help academies in the country to be part of the challenge.
The former Akwa United, Kano Pillars and Enyimba gaffer added that the to make the registration easier for intending football academies, the management has also agreed that payment can be made in three installments adding that the registration does not cover accommodation.
He however added that the FNC crew will be available to assist academies get accommodation upon request.
“We are happy to announce the new registration fee for the Fieldoo Nigeria Challenge. A lot of people, especially academy owners have been asking questions on when the registration fee would be made public. But we told them to be patient with us, that we are working on how to make the whole thing and process easier for everyone.
“After much deliberations and planning, we agreed with our partners in Europe that the registration fee should be two hundred thousand naira (N200, 000) only.
A lot of issues were factored in before arriving at the fee and most important among them is the novel Covid-19 pandemic which have disrupted every human activity for close to one year now globally.
“We also took into consideration on how to make the registration much easier for the intending academy owners and that is why we agreed that payment can be made three times.
“However, the N200, 000 registration does not cover accommodation. Academies are responsible for their accommodation but upon request, we are available to help any academy secure accommodation before the trial,” he said.
The Fieldoo Nigeria Challenge Director further disclosed that the scouting programme is targeting 1, 000 talented Nigeria football players within the age of 12 and 21 years of both male and female to take part in the trial.
The maiden edition of the Fieldoo Nigeria Challenge will hold from April 5 to 11, 2021.
Obuh provided further details on the challenge.
“Recall that we fixed the trial to hold from November 5 to 11 2020 but because of the covid-19 pandemic, it was shifted to April this year.
“The trial is for both individual players and team players as well. An individual player who wish to be part of the programme will register with sixty-two thousand naira (N62, 000) only.”
Interested individual players and academies are requested to visit the Fieldoo Nigeria Challenge website www.fieldootrials.com/nigeria For registration details and further information.