Former Super Eagles captain, Uche Okechukwu, has launched a football academy, called Abia Greater Tomorrow Football Academy in Aba, Abia State.
Okechukwu, also known as the Gentle Giant, kicked off the project alongside another ex-Eagles player, Emeka Ifejiagwa, and Emeka Uche, Okechukwu’s twin brother, who is also a footballer.
A commanding centreback in his day, Okechukwu began his career in Aba in the early 80s before representing Brøndby in Denmark and Fenerbahçe in Turkey.
In a chat with Vanguard, the former Eagles captain said he always dreamed of setting up an academy to help nurture fresh talents.
“I know people have been wondering where I am and what I am doing. They have been expecting to hear from me and what my plans are after retirement. I take my time in doing whatever I want to do,” Okechukwu said.
“We want to start our academy where we started our football career. We want to give back to same locality that gave us the opportunity to become what we are today.
“We have made necessary contacts, both here in Nigeria and outside to get necessary partners for the academy. As soon as we are done with the finishing lines, the game will begin.
“There are bundles of talents in Aba and its environs, and the target of the academy is to look out for them wherever they are, groom and prepare them for a greater tomorrow in the game of football, and help them to actualize their dreams as professional footballers. That’s all we want to do.”