The dream of many young Nigerians who are aiming to become professional footballers, is to play in Europe.

Most Nigerian players easily get national team call-up because they already play in a club in Europe, no matter the league.

For Earnest Ojelum, training with Feyenoord Rotterdam in the Netherlands, is a lifetime experience.

He had the opportunity to train for one week with the Dutch club after emerging the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2017 NNPC/Shell Cup, a national secondary school football competition.

The 16-year-old student of Henson Demonstration School, Benin City, who just returned from Netherlands alongside top scorer David Arase Iyobor, told Bounce News he learnt a lot from the trip.

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“The trip to Feyenoord means a lot to me, I learnt a lot of things that will make me a professional footballer.

“The trip gives me so much hope for the future and I hope I make it as a professional footballer for both club and the national team.

“I trained with professional equipment and despite the language barrier, I was able to enjoy myself and do well.

“I am grateful for the opportunity.”

In addition to his trip to Feyenoord Rotterdam, Earnest has won an international Summer School Scholarship at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

Announcing the scholarship, General Manager External Relations of Shell, Igo Weli, said the emergence of Earnest took a painstaking process between the University of Sussex and Henson Demonstration School.

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