Jay Jay Okocha at a Pepsi Football Academy, National Stadium Lagos event
The Neville brothers, Gary and Phil were two great defenders at Manchester United. Indeed both were part of the dreaded Man U squad that won the treble in 1999.
In Egypt, Hossan Hassan and Ahned Hassan were a delight to watch in the colours of Zamalek football Club and the Egyptian national team in the 80`s and 90’s.
There are also Nwankwo and Ogbonna Kanu, Emma and Augusine Okocha, Emmanuel and Kevin Amunike among those brothers who have played for either club or country at different times.
Therefore it is no surprise that the Obis, all of whom have been Pepsi Football Academy students, are also carving a niche for themselves as a football family.
The trio of Ebele, John Mikel and Patrick are all making the family proud. Ebele, the eldest is a goalkeeper with Rangers International of Enugu, while Mikel is now a star player with Chelsea FC.
Patrick, 17, the youngest of the Obi trio is currently sharpening his skills at the Pepsi Football Academy Jos, a ground that had also bred Ebele and Mikel under the same coach, Jack Alade.
Patrick Obi, Pepsi Football Academy Jos
“The Pepsi Football Academy has helped both my brothers and I want to chart a path of professional football for my career, Patrick said as he spoke to reporters at the sports center of the University of Lagos where he was one of the players representing the Pepsi Academy North team competing in the Pepsi International Tournament.
He talks of his relationship with Mikel with much passion: “I look up to him for inspiration. He has been a good player right from when we were kids. He was in the senior team while I was in the junior team at the Pepsi Football Academy Jos. He encourages me to work hard,” Patrick, an SS2 student of the Methodist High School Jos, said.
For now, his focus is to complete his secondary school education and hopefully a professional football career will follow. Only then can one begin to see the full measure of the early tutelage of these young stars by Coach Jack Alade of the Pepsi Football Academy Jos.