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Making Dreams Come True! Pepsi Football Academy Sponsors 2 Orphans to Brooke House College UK

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Pepsi Football Academy Scholarship winners with the winning team Team Kaduna

Pepsi Football Academy Scholarship winners with the winning team- Team Kaduna

Eken Divine is not your average 15 year-old. Orphaned at a tender age and raised by his uncle, he grew up alone after losing three of his siblings. After observing his football talent and his difficulty in settling in at school, his uncle Eken James Okechukwu registered him at the Aba Pepsi Football Academy in 2013. Driven by the desire to repay his uncle and emulate his idol Osaze Odemwingie, he seized the opportunity with both hands and became one of the Academy’s finest.

At the selection exercise in Abeokuta, Ogun state which held from June 10th – 13th 2015, the toothy-grinned teenager emerged as one of the winners of the Pepsi Football Academy UK scholarship scheme. Today, Eken Divine, is headed to Brooke House College in the UK to study and train to become a professional footballer. He dreams of playing for Liverpool FC and the Super Eagles.

Pepsi Football Academy UK Scholarship Winners Eken Divine and Nneku Joseph

Pepsi Football Academy UK Scholarship Winners Eken Divine and Nneku Joseph

PFA Scholarship winners with Head of Marketing Seven Up Bottling Company Norden Thurston and Brand Manager Seven Up Bottling Company Segun Ogunleye

PFA Scholarship winners with Head of Marketing Seven Up Bottling Company Norden Thurston and Brand Manager Seven Up Bottling Company Segun Ogunleye

Chosen alongside him was Nneku Joseph from Anambra state. The 17 year-old, who is the 2nd of 6 children lost his father when he was in SS1 and was raised by his mother who is a dressmaker. Recognising his passion for football, his mother registered him at the Jos Academy in 2010.

After five years of hard work and dedication, inspired by the likes of PFA Jos Centre alumnus, Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, young Joseph Nneku can now begin the next phase of the journey to living his dream.

For 23 years, the Pepsi Football Academy has taken in and mentored thousands of young Nigerian football talents, giving them the opportunity and the tools to live their dreams. Dozens of prominent Nigerian international footballers such as Elderson Echiejile, Osaze Odemwingie, Joseph Yobo and AFCON 2013 hero Sunday Mba have passed through the PFA on their way to becoming professional footballers.

Teams Playing at the PFA Selection Exercise at Fun Turf Abeokuta

Teams Playing at the PFA Selection Exercise at Fun Turf Abeokuta

The UK Scholarship Scheme introduced in 2005 has now given 17 young footballers the opportunity to achieve their dreams by studying and training in Europe.

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Debbie Rise of Nigerian Idol Performing at the unveiling event

Debbie Rise of Nigerian Idol Performing at the unveiling event

Debbie Rise of Nigerian Idol Performing at the Selection Exercise

Debbie Rise of Nigerian Idol Performing at the Selection Exercise

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7 Comments

  1. Fabulous B

    June 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Lovely! GOD bless them more and keep them safe and on the right track of success, Amen.

  2. Shandi

    June 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Thank God! These are the things I like to read. ❤️

  3. Ilovebellanaija

    June 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Keep rising Debie Rise…I sight your swag. Well done Pepsi

  4. WALUGEMBE MEDDIE

    July 30, 2016 at 11:59 am

    AM IN UGANDA- BUKOMANSIMBI-DISTRICT BUT AM LOOKING FOR THE SPONSORS TO SPONSOR MY SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL ACADEMIES…..I HAVE A PRIMARY SCHOOL AND A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN BUKOMANSIMBI WITH FULLY TALENTED CHILDREN FOOTBALL ACADEMIES IF YOU CAN ASSIST ME IN SPORTS KITS,FINANCING ME TO PARTICIPATE IN DIFFERENT TOURNAMENTS,MARKETING ETC….AM LOOKING FORWARD FOR YOUR POSITIVE RESPONSES AND I WILL BE GRATEFUL….PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR…..
    I DON’T HAVE A WEBSITE…..

  5. fiati Daniel

    December 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Hello, ir always a dream for me to become a footballer, l can play in every position expect goalkeeping Please help me to achieve this my dream
    Thanks

  6. alexchima

    March 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Love to be part of Pepsi boys and also want to join the academy

  7. Daniel aregbeshola

    March 29, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    My name is Daniel aregbeshola my friends call me Daniel Messi because I used to play like Messi my dad want to sigh me to the Pepsi football academic Lagos but he as no money and I wish you guys to help me with my talent is my dream to win a World Cup for nigeria

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