The sixth edition of Aspire Football Dreams in Cameroon, is underway with the registration of youths aged 13, in 50 sites around the country.
This is the essence of a release signed by Thomas Nkono, Aspire Football Dreams Cameroon Director.
Aspire Football Dreams is unique and fascinating humanitarian football project currently existent in 14 developing countries on three continents aimed at identifying future talents of the football world.
Every year the program utilizes over 800 playing fields, involves more than 6,000 volunteers, provides thousands of balls and football items and also includes coaching instruction.
At the international level, the Football Dreams program screens over 700,000 footballers in 14 underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The Academy coaches also identify international talents through observation visits to other countries or at international youth competitions. These international programs result in the award of the Aspire scholarships to international athletes who attend the Academy.
Following programme in Cameroon, 176 young footballers would be selected from 27-28 June from about 704 registered in each of the 50 sites in Cameroon.
The 176 players retained would be distributed in 16 teams to face each other in 8 matches under the supervision of coaches from Europe.
Scouts would travel all over the country from June 30-July 10 to select the 30 talented players for the finals in Yaounde.
The grand finale for the selection of three players for the international competition is billed for Yaounde from July 16 -18 under the supervision of Josep Comomer, Aspire International Director, who would be accompanied by a team of coaches.
The three lucky players selected would take part in the international selection at the Aspire Academy in Qatar from which they are sent to other academies.
In sum, the programme has 50 sites in Cameroon, 16 teams per site, with 8,800 youths involved, with 400 matches to be played.
It is interesting to note that last year following the international selection two Cameroonians, Augustin Djembe and Loic Tewomdio had the privileged to be among the best players and would be training at Aspire Academy in Senegal for five years.
Among other players, they participated in a tournament in Spain in April and returned to Senegal to continue with their education and football training.