Mees Palace set to defend Tsemba Wummen League title

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Photos: Mees Palace
Photos: Mees Palace

Mees Palace Football Academy will be looking to retain their titles in the upcoming Tsemba Wummen U14 and U16 youth league in Plateau State this weekend, having unveiled their squads for the 2021 season.

The unveiling was done with panache as team photos (group and individual) were released to the public via the academy’s social media accounts.

Affectionately known as the ‘Blue Panthers’, Mees Palace Football Academy has taken a giant stride towards retaining the title they won in 2019 by unveiling a crack team to feature in the U14 and U16 categories of the 2021 season of the Tsemba Wummen Youth League.

The league, which started in two years ago, is played on a home and away format by 20 youth teams across Plateau State for the biggest youth football diadem in Nigeria.

CEO of Mees Palace Football Academy Emmanuel Adukwu who is also the sponsor of the league reiterated his desire to promote youth football to the next level in Nigeria while hoping his team retain the title.

“We are into the second edition of this league which was formed to give budding young talents in Plateau State the platform to showcase their abilities while also honouring the life of my late friend Tsemba Wummen who was a visionary when it comes to youth development,” Adukwu stated.

“The young lads at Mees Palace are being tutored in various facets of life apart from football. We want them to grow and be model citizens that can contribute a lot to Plateau and Nigeria.

“This league will keep the youth busy and also help to promote their talents so the world can see what we have here in Plateau State.

Technical Adviser of the team, Tony Ogharanduku, also believes his team will be ready when the league starts next weekend.

The former Mighty Jets and FC Taraba coach has been one of the brains behind the football revolution at Mees Palace and is optimistic his side will lift the league title once again.

“We have been working hard behind the scenes to get the boys ready for the commencement of the league.

“It is always tough for us every season but the boys have been working hard to see that they do their best to retain the title. The U14s and U16s are ready for the challenges ahead and hopefully, with hard work and determination, we shall succeed.

“We finished the U13 league with a total of 92 points last time out to win the title, with our talismanic attacker Ahmed Musa notching up 33 goals to claim the top scorer’s gong.

“After dominating the Jos Chillin’ competition in December of 2020, our boys will be hoping to make back-to-back wins in one of the leading Youth competitions in Northern Nigeria,” Ogharanduku said.

The Tsemba Wummen league is a 20-team league that is in two categories – the U14 and U16 category and it will be contested by two teams in a home and away format.