Pepsi Academy Picks Two Students For UK Scholarship

The Biblical saying that ‘many are called but few chosen’ literarily played out in Abeokuta , Ogun state at the weekend as two students of the Pepsi Football Academy picked up the scholarship prize for their sterling performance in the five-day international training / coaching course organised by Nigeria’s foremost football academy in conjunction with Brooke House College, United Kingdom.

The students, Ebuka Umeh and Emeka Ezeh were selected from 124 students drawn from over 12 Pepsi Academy centres across the country.
Ben Watts, Brooke House College Football Academy Manager, said the duo showed consistency in performance on and off the field over the five-day exercise. They are to join five other Pepsi Academy students who are already enjoying academic / football scholarship at the famous Brooke House College. Watts also noted that four other Pepsi lads are also on standby in case for any reason any of the awardees were unable to make the trip to England.

According to Dr. Wiles Williams, Director, Brooke House College, the scholarship scheme is a product of years of partnership between his college and the Pepsi Football Academy noting that “we are elated to be associated with the football academy which is known for quality and has produced such stars as John Mikel Obi, Osaze (Odemwingie) among others.”

Director of Pepsi Football Academy, Dr. Kasimawo Laloko said he was delighted with the transparent process that produced Ebuka Umeh and Emeka Ezeh. “I would have picked the two if I was involved in the selection process. The coaches did a good job because the two boys have been with us since 2004 and have been excellent in training with good comportment off the field,” said Laloko.

Speaking after they were presented to their fellow students, parents and friends of the Pepsi Football Academy, both Umeh and Ezeh pledged to be good ambassadors of the 18-year old Pepsi Academy. “The selection process was difficult but now that I have been selected, I hope to make the best use of the opportunity to make a good success of my professional football career,” said Ebuka Umeh.
Taking a queue, Emeka Ezeh said, “England is the home of football. For me to play and study in England is a dream come true.”

Mr. Iain Nelson, consultant to Pepsi Football Academy said the cost of the scholarships enjoyed by Pepsi Academy students were usually borne by both Pepsi and Brooke House College though he did not disclose the cost of over 10 scholarships presently enjoyed by Pepsi students in some UK colleges. Michael Oluwatosin who is now plying his trade in the Portuguese league was the first recipient of the scholarship in September 2006.

August ‘10