Top Football Academies in Nigeria
Nigerian-born oil and gas executive Akanimo Udofia manages the day-to-day operations of Desicon Engineering Limited. During his spare time, Akanimo Udofia engages in a variety of sports, such as football. In Nigeria, football tops the list as the most popular sport.
The Nigerian football team is regarded as one of the best in the world; it is the only African football team to hold 5th place in the FIFA world rankings. Nigeria continues to birth world class athletes through its football academies, namely:
Kwara Football Academy (KFA) — This school combines academic and football training for students aged 13–19. Established in 2005, Kwara is managed by former Sporting Director of FC Rostov Paul Ashwonth.
Pepsi Football Academy (PFA) — The most popular football academy in Nigeria, PFA has over 3000 students in 14 centers all over the country. Professional players John Mikel Obi and Joseph Akpala are graduates of this academy.
Papilo Football Academy (PNKFA) — Legendary Nigerian football player Nwankwo Kanu established this school in 2001. PNKFA often offers short training courses to students, conducted by international football coaches Gary Smith and Bryan Robson.