Fifteen-year old Muri Lawal, an indigene of Oyo State resident in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been unanimously adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the maiden edition of West Africa Soccer Reality Television show, the Glo Soccer Academy.
Announcing the choice of Lawal at the Academy last week, Team Manager, Victor Ikpeba, said Muri’s choice was predicated on “delightful skills, exceptional sense of responsibility and infectious humility.” He spoke on behalf of the coaching crew made up of ex-Internationals Tijani Babangida, Zion Ogunfeyinmi, Tony Baffoe and Moussa Latounji as well as the Consultant, Chief Segun Odegbami.
He congratulated Lawal and the fifteen other finalists for emerging victorious at the end of the competition and enjoined them to be focused, hard-working and committed to their careers as true professionals. He also urged them to put into practice the skills learnt at the Academy.
Lawal beat two other Academy members, Bismark Larbi from Ghana and Eteobong Elisha from Nigeria, to win the coveted MVP prize. Lawal has thus won the five million naira cash top prize as well as a trip to Manchester United Soccer Schools in the United Kingdom. In addition, he will enjoy a Scholarship award of N750,000.
He thanked Globacom for the Academy which he said would harness the numerous latent talents wasting away at the grassroots and produce great world footballers who would rule the soccer world in future.
In his remarks, Globacom’s Chairman, Dr Mike Adenuga Jr, GCON, represented by the Director of Advertising, Mr Tunde Kaitel, counseled the sixteen lucky finalists not to neglect their academic studies even as they hone their football skills. This, he said, would make them worthy role-models for African youths.
He announced that the sixteen finalists have automatically become Globacom Ambassadors, and advised them to continue to be responsible, dedicated, just and fair in all their endeavour.