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Mexico City Homeless World Cup trials begin
By Bunmi Ogunyale
July 17, 2012 17:49:29pm GMT | Views: 7
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Trials for the Women’s team to represent Nigeria at the 2012 Mexico City Homeless World Cup will kick off across three centres in Lagos on Wednesday 18th July 2012.

Ex-Nigerian International Jide Oguntuase and German-born Helen Schönbrodt, who has arrived Nigeria from Kassel, Germany will co-head the scouting team which includes Fatai Dagama Bisiriyu, Babalola Issah and Sunday Aremu.

The Nigerian team selector Search and Groom youth for development centre announced through the organisation’s Programmes Officer, Lovette Ochicha.

The three-week trial train will kick off with the community tour stage in Ijora white sand on Wednesday 18th July 2012, going through Agege and Ikorodu and to be rounded up with a 15-man extensive training programme at the Astroturf, Osborne, Ikoyi. Lagos.

Ten players selected during the Community tour trials held between 18th July and 3rd August will be joined by five players from Calabar, Cross River state; scouted during the implementation of the 2011Community Connects Cup, for a final selection of 8 girls that will represent Nigeria at the 2012 Homeless World Cup in Mexico City.

This year’s programme has a robust educational input tagged “Play Green”, an environmental awareness course outline and implemented in cooperation with Heinrich Boll Foundation Nigeria.

The Homeless World Cup is an annual World street soccer championship that highlights the positive power of sport by creating a unique setting for vulnerable and homeless people.

Nigeria and 69 other nations, including host Mexico, defending Champions Scotland, 2-time champions Italy, Brazil, Argentina, England, Australia, South Africa, and Ghana will converge on a specially constructed 5,000 capacity all-seated Street Soccer Stadium at the historical Plaza de la Constitución, México City, between 6 – 14 October 2012.

A 2009 UEFA fair play award and outstanding display of sportsmanship in previous editions remains one of the indelible marks of the Nigerian team.

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