|Joseph Egbu AKA Zico|
With few days to the kick off of the first edition of the Brown Ideye Challenge, football competition, certain grassroots coaches have endorsed the event.
One of them is Joseph Egbu, also known as coach Zico as run his Port Harcourt City Academy for more than twenty years and has developed lots of players who have featured in the Nigerian League as well as in Europe and the Americas.
Zico has hailed Brown Ideye for giving back to the society.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, Zico said the announcement of the event has steered up joy and happiness in his team which he believes will spur them to victory at the tournament.
“The youths are very happy, everybody is happy to hear about this competition because they are just training and have no competition to play and this one they see now is just like a lion hungry lion seeing a goat. It will certainly swallow the goat.
“I don’t expect any other thing than glory, favour and victory for my team in the tournament,” Zico said.
The Port Harcourt City FC gaffer also used the opportunity to call on other internationals to emulate the Olympiakos of Greece forward.
“I think, that is what we are expecting from those that grew up from Port Harcourt and plying their trade abroad.
“We expect them to encourage the younger ones and keep them busy. I thank God for those who spoke with him (Ideye) to initiate this tournament. I encourage him to keep it up and also urge other professional players plying their trade overseas to do the same in promoting grassroots football in the country.”
Port Harcourt City FC is among sixteen teams that will slough it out in the competition which kicks off on Wednesday May 4th at Treasure 98.5FM football pitch inside NTA Port Harcourt premises.
Joseph Egbu, also known as Zico founded the Bright Stars Academy in 1989 which metamorphosed into the Port Harcourt Academy.
Amongst footballers that have passed through his tutelage are former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, former junrior internationals, Kelechi Osunwa and Kennedy Chinwo as well as the likes of Dino Eze (Bulgaria), Thomas kelvin (Italy), Stanley onwunachi, Robert Cole (Rivers United) Bassey Akpan (Akwa United).