Greensprings set to defend Nottingham International Cup

Greensprings’ Musa Alli (right) takes on an opponent during the 2014 Warrior Keele Cup in Manchester. He will lead the school’s team to the 2015 Nottingham International Cup in United Kingdom.

Greensprings’ Musa Alli (right) takes on an opponent during the 2014 Warrior Keele Cup in Manchester. He will lead the school’s team to the 2015 Nottingham International Cup in United Kingdom.

The first African and Nigerian team to win the annual Nottingham International Cup in United Kingdom (UK), Greensprings, will return to the Queensland to defend the title it won in the U-15 amateur event of the tournament in 2014.

The tourney, which was known as Keele International Cup, has been renamed Nottingham International Cup and for this year, Greensprings will be competing in the professional and amateur categories of the championship.

This edition will feature teams from the English Premier League, as well as registered football academies and schools outside the United Kingdom.

According to the Head of Sports, Greensprings School, Oluseyi Oyebode, this year’s tournament would witness large turnout of teams across the globe as the tournament has continued to gain international recognition.

The tournament is sanctioned by the English Football Association (FA) and it is Britain’s largest international football. Greensprings, as the first African team to win a title in the championship, will be the cynosure of all eyes at the 2015 edition.

The tournament, which holds at Nottingham University’s fantastic sports facilities, attracts over 300 teams from 19 nations yearly.

“We are hoping that we can go back and do the country and school proud again. Our players are ready and the support from the school, parents and guardians is necessary for us to do well. We are eager to take part in the professional category this year so that we can compete against some of the EPL teams this year,” Oyebode said.

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