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Title: NIGERIA’S TOP CLASS FOOTBALL ACADEMIES: Developing Stars for the Future
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It isn’t all the establishments that claim to be ‘football academy’ in Nigeria actually meet the standard. But in recent years, we...


It isn’t all the establishments that claim to be ‘football academy’ in Nigeria actually meet the standard. But in recent years, we’re beginning to see real top class football academies spring up and I have been able to let you see five of these academies in my previous post. Click here to read

Now, let me show you the remaining five that can relatively be regarded as world class academies in Nigeria.

No 6, African Touch Football Academy (ATFA): Established 2002 by Ash Rahman, who doubles as a coach and director of the academy. He has an assistant coach, Zahid Hossam,who had once been part of the coaching crew of Iraq national team. Then, Head fitness trainer, Joe Girma, who was former fitness trainer for Queen Park Rangers (QPR).



ATFA has succeeded in transferring Samuel Oji to Arsenal youth team, Abdul Koysor to Charlton Athletics and Leo Fisher to Watford.

ATFA is well established in London. It’s a place where scouts visit frequently to select students that meet certain specifications as required by their clubs. The academy is affiliated to Puma and Sports Solutions UK.

Here in Abuja Nigeria, ATFA has good facilities at hose 56, Second Crescent, Abuja Municipal, Wuse. 2 fully grassed pitches, a gymnasium, hostel that can accommodate about 259 students.






No 7, City of David Football Academy (CODA): Established 2009 by City of David parish of Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lagos. CODA is the feeder team of COD first team, which competes in Nigeria National League (NNL).


COD won the Lagos state Federations cup and went on to represent the state at the national level in 2013. The academy has partnership relationship with Bolton Wanderers and both teams share resources. COD had already succeeded in transferring 7 players to the UK based club.

The Academy (CODA) has about 700 students in its under 10, Under 12, under 14, under 16, under 21 and the first team. All the students of the academy attend RCCG secondary school Lagos.

CODA training center are in three different locations. Some of the academy students train at Onikan stadium, where the first team also trains; while others train at Kings college pitch Lagos and Green spring school Lekki.

Contact CODA





No 8, Edo State Academicals (ESA): Established 2007 by Edo State Government, as a football initiative to nurture exceptional talents in the state.

ESA became popular as one of it’s’ students, Kelechi Ihenacho, was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2013 FIFA under 16 World cup.



Kelechi Ihenacho and Isaac Success were selected out of the academical into the victorious Golden Eaglests team. The two players have since signed for Manchester City and Reggiana  respectively.

ESA also has 5 players in the newly assembled Eaglets coached by Emmanuel Amunike. The academical has graduated 2 students that now play with Warri Wolves.

Students are selected into the academicals through ‘Governor’s cup,’ all Edo secondary schools competitions.



No 9 Buruji Soccer Academy (BSA): Established 2007 by Rafiu Buruji, an Alternative Medicine Doctor and Publisher of Buruji Sports Weekly Magazine.

BSA has perhaps the best training facilities among academies in Nigeria. It own stadium at Ikorodu Lagos. It has well equipped gymnasium and other world class training equipment and kits. It also has a hostel accommodation that’s decorated like a hotel suite.



BSA recently started another branch of the academy in the UK, where it has a liaison office. The students usually participate in the yearly Arsenal festival and sometimes tour Villarreal in Spain.

BSA had succeeded in transferring Kelechi Odu to Ajax, Ahmed Salisu to Galatasaray in Turkey.





No 10, Pawas Soccer Academy (PSA): Established 2006 by Paul Wahab, founder and sole sponsor of the academy. Wahab has recently reached a partnership agreement with ‘International Sports Management Africa (ISMA).


Phil Donaldson Badger, Chairman Goldmine Consult UK also represent the academy in Europe. Goldmine consult have been able to procure several trial tests in UK, Romania and United Arab Emirates for players in the academy.

PSA has also graduated 15 players, who now play in various Nigeria Premier League and Nigeria National League respectively.

PSA is like a school, all coaches and trainers closely monitor players’ educational development. This is the reason Wahab insisted on recruiting top class staff: Anthony Shan as chief coach; Daniel Barry, trainer and Ajala Koronde, Instructor.

The academy’s training center is at Command secondary school Zaria Road Jos Plateau state. PSA admit players from 17 – 21 years, but intend to expand its reach to talents between 6 – 16 years.






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