It’s always a delight giving back to the society – Leke James
Malmo FK of Norway forward, Leke Samson James has stated that the annual Leke James invitational tournament, Kaduna which is in its third edition is always aimed at giving back to the society.
He made this assertion during a press briefing at the media centre of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna alongside other scouts from Norway and Sweden.
“The aim of this scouting program and tournament is to give back to the society in my own little way which has always given me joy.
“Football is a unifying factor and we had to convince these scouts to down to Kaduna and possibly discover the next Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo and other talented players who have excelled in their chosen carriers.
” This is the 3rd Edition and we look forward to a bigger and better editions moving forward.
Mr Krister Gundersen, one of the scouts based in Norway, expressed satisfaction with the quality of play so far but hope to see more improvement from the players in subsequent games.
“My assessment so far is that we want to see more of the players and what they can do. We saw a few yesterday, and hopefully, they can be more convincing before the tournament ends.
” Leke James talked about discovering the next Jay Jay Okacha and Kanu, but we are looking for another Leke James.
“When we came here last year during the 2rd Edition, a player that was picked came to Norway for trials but didn’t get a contract because he couldn’t cope with the harsh weather condition and the tempo of the game. It’s not something anyone can control, but we hope things will get better this time.
The Local organising committee, (LOC) chairman, Mr Timothy Felix thanked the media for their constant support and called on more corporate bodies to identify with the yearly event.
“I want to thank the media for always being supportive of this great event. I also want to call on more companies to show support. Some showed in kind, but only Leke James showed in cash.
‘We are improving with every edition. The 1st Edition was at the Kaduna Township Stadium, while the second was at the training pitch of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, but this time around, we secured the main bowl of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium which is an upgrade to the last two editions.
” Let me also thank His Excellency, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai for giving us the enabling environment to host such a memorable tournament. Let me also thank the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Kaduna for their tremendous support.
Leke James emerged as his Norwegian club’s highest goal scorer with 24 goals, 3 assists in 38 matches. He finished second overall highest goal scorer in the Eliteserien with 17 goals in 28 matches. He scored 4 goals in the Europa league in 8 matches and 3 goals in 2 matches in Cup games. The Kaduna based forward also won the Eliteserien title with Malmo FK in the just concluded season.
Sixteen teams drawn from various Grassroots and Academy clubs in Kaduna are participating in the three day event which comes to a wrap tomorrow, 11th December at the main bowl of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
According to the organizers, the 1st placed team would smile home with 1,000 (one thousand) US Dollars, while the second and third placed teams would also win cash prizes.
Other scouts present at the press briefing are: Stig Toberson (Sweden) and Udea Alfai (Nigeria).