Uche Okechukwu, Ifejiagwa launch football academy
Former Super Eagles captain, Uche Okechukwu, his twin brother, Emeka, and another former international, Emeka Ifejiagwa have launched a football academy called Greater Tomorrow Football Academy in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State.
Okechukwu started his football career in Aba in the early 80s with a local side called Aba Greater Tomorrow before joined he Falcon FC, a Division Three club in Aba, Flash Flamingos of Benin, Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri, as well as Brøndby of Denmark, from where he went to Fenerbahçe in Turkey.
Speaking on the academy, Uche said: “I know people have been wondering where I am and what I am doing. They have been expecting to hear from me and what my plans are after retirement from the game. I take my time in doing whatever I want to do.
“The plan to set this academy has been part of my plans, but I have been waiting for the right time, and I think this is the right time. My twin brother Emeka Uche and our friend, Emeka Ifejiagwa, who also played for the Super Eagles, are in this with me.
“When we concluded plans to start this academy, we decided to revive the name of the club that gave us the early platform, that is Aba Greater Tomorrow, but we decided to called it Abia Greater Tomorrow Football Academy. We want to start our academy where we started our football career. We want to give back to the same locality that gave us the opportunity to become what we are today.”
He revealed that they have made the necessary contact to get necessary partners for the academy, adding, “as soon as we are done with the finishing lines, the game will begin.
“There are bundles of talents in Aba an it’s environs, and the target of the academy is to look out for them wherever they are, groom and prepare them for a greater tomorrow in the game of football, and help them to actualize their dreams as professional footballers. That all we want to do.”