How UK Based 27-year old Nigerian Is Inspiring The Next Generation of Footballers Back Home

Jeff Okirie, like many other UK citizens of Nigerian nationality, agree that the privilege he had can also be extended to many talented young Nigerians who could go ahead to becoming the next big stars in the world of football.

JCO Football Academy
JCO Football Academy

The 27-year old from London visited Nigeria in 2018 where he met with a youth coach, Bright Johnson.

The quality of talents he saw made him establish JCO – a football agency/academy established to help young aspiring footballers in the country.

Jeff, in a chat with The Standard Gazette, said that his motivation for setting up JCO grew out of his desire to give back and get the boys to sign up for clubs outside the country.

“Going back and seeing how privileged I was, I just wanted to give back any way I can. If any of the boys from the academy gets signed, that would mean a lot to me,” he stated.

According to him, girls are also part of the academy and he hopes by the inclusive nature of JCO, they can stay out of trouble, prostitution and forced marriage and do something meaningful with their lives.

JCO is currently located in Masaka, Karu L.G.A., Nassarawa state.

Jeff Okirie also noted that asides from Football, the academy also trains the young lads in sewing, shoemaking, laundry, leather making, barbing and catering.

The Visioneer lamented on how the project has been straining financially but remained unhinged because of the lives being moulded. He further disclosed that JCO is open to sponsorship to take the initiative to the next stage.

Individuals and corporate entities can donate via JCO’s GoFundMe page to support the academy.

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