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Friday, March 31, 2006

Nigel de Jong

Dutch club Ajax has proved once again to have some of the best youngsters in the World. Its policy is principally to develop young players, who then go to some of the best clubs. The latest "release" has been 21 year-old Nigel de Jong, who had gained main squad status 3 years ago, in last January, to german Hamburger SV. Nigel was inicially centre-back, but his 1m74 and good technique placed him into a new position: full-back. His best right foot leaded him to the right defensive place. In spite of his speed and technique, he never showed good crossing, so he's been, mostly this season, adapted in a new position: defensive midfielder. For me this is the ideal place for the talented youngster, who also showed great offensive characteristics. He scored 11 goals in 36 games (including League, Cup and Champions League). Now in HSV, de Jong, number 28, scored 1 goal in 10 games and still plays in the midfield. He's fast, strong, intelligent, not individualist, has great shooting, tackling, heading and also plays an essencial role in his team, since he can play in any position in both defense and midfield. Before Hamburg "kidnapped" him, the giant Manchester United has shown interest in this Roy Keane would-have-been substitute. He's also one of Holland's capped main players.

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Anonymous Willem Tijssen said...

Perhaps Brazil has the best football players in the world and Europe the richest, but Africa is the cradle of passion and joy. African players enrich the European leagues with athletic skills, technical tricks and a disarming smile. That is why everybody loves African players so much. Football is a source of pleasure and entertainment for millions unable to indulge in leisure pursuits out of the financial reach of many in Africa. Football is much more than pleasure in Africa - for the time of the game it is an escape from the problems that holds millions across the continent within its grasp. In African you do not often see the children of doctors or politicians playing the game of football. It is mainly people from the rural areas, from the small cities, from the less fortunate families. Africa
bursts from hidden talent but how to reach them.

THE AFRICAN FOOTBALL ACADEMY (AFA) DEVELOPED A FAR REACHING PLAN TO LOCATE AND SCOUT THEM IN THE PLACES WHERE THEY LIVE AND PLAY, AND TAKE THEM TO SCHOOL TO PRACTICE AND EDUCATE THEM SO THAT ONE DAY THEY CAN TAKE OFF FOR A BRIDE FUTURE IN THE EUROPEAN AND UAE FOOTBALL LEAGUES. ONLY THE VERY BEST CAN MAKE IT TO THE TOP!

In cooperation with the Africa Peace Cup Foundation and support from star players around the globe, the Africa Football Academy (AFA) proudly introduces the first in its kind Social Awareness Football Investment Fund, with the goal to establish football-schools for elite talent in (West)Africa. During a Target Market Quest, AFA professionals will judge extremely talented football players (age 15-18y) from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone with the objective to offer 50 of them a football scholarship each year with full college education and master classes in the
Mano River Region. The lucky few receive a full time residential scholarship with a hard commitment from the Academy not only to provide the intensive full time education and practice, but also to finance the cost of living of the players entire family during the time of education. This social engagement strongly differentiates the Africa Football Academy from any other fund in this field and will generate goodwill, sympathy and support around the world.


Camera teams and other media from regional/international television stations are invited to follow this unique reality Quest for football idols - to inform, entertain and update viewers frequently of the progress made by the future 'Stars of Africa'.

Preliminary research indicates that in 2 year time AFA would be in a position to present the first talents ready for the big step to Europe or the United Arab Emirates. This will inspire more young players to participate in next year quests and motivate investors, sponsors and advertisers to provide the required funding to successfully establish this prestigious social investment fund. The Academy’s return on investment contains commission fees on future contracts and participation from clubs, sponsors and industry.

3/31/2006 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4/03/2006 7:54 PM  

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