Popular Nigerian football academy, Pepsi Football Academy, will sponsor two Nigerian teenagers, 15-year-old Eken Divine and 17-year-old Nneku Joseph to Brooke House College, UK following their success at a selection exercise in Abeokuta, Ogun State held between June 10 and 13.
The scholarship will see both youngsters study and train to become professional footballers. The UK scholarship scheme – which was introduced in 2005 – has given 17 young footballers the opportunity to study and train in Europe.
According to Pepsi Football Academy, Eken Divine became an orphan at a tender age and was raised by his uncle, Eken James Okechukwu , who registered him at the Aba Pepsi Football Academy in 2013. He is driven by the desire to repay his uncle and emulate his idol, Osaze Odemwingie.
Nneku Joseph lost his father when he was in SS1 and was raised by his mother who registered him at the Jos Academy in 2010. He is inspired by the likes of PFA Jos Centre alumnus, Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi.
Pepsi Football Academy has taken in and mentored thousands of young Nigerian football talents including Nigerian international footballers such as Elderson Echiejile, Osaze Odemwingie, Joseph Yobo and AFCON 2013 hero, Sunday Mba.