Sports Agency 'Droom Soccer', Highlights Africa's Growing Talent Market
Droom Soccer is helping talented African players uncover opportunities.
Droom Scouting holds Sports Unified Football Talent showcase events across Africa annually in search for young talented footballers. We pride ourselves on being the most innovative recruiters in football. Using a range of demographic specific recruitment projects and player development programmes, we work hard to ensure that no stone is left upturned in our pursuit of potential talent.
Speaking with the Executive Director and Global Sports Entrepreneur, Akporobaro Emmanuel and in his own words, he tells the Voice of Sport about the event and his love of Football.
“The initial thought of Droom Soccer began when I was studying my Masters in sports and the business of Sports at University of Bayreuth in Germany.
“I focused my dissertation on the commercialization of the Nigerian professional football league, and on gathering research, I was surprised by how difficult it was to find credible sources of player scouting, sponsorship and development platforms on the African sports.
“The West is blessed with many platforms that provide such opportunities, such as AX Soccer, PSC Tours, Soccerviza, UK football trials, Edukick IFX soccer, to name but a few.
“However, for the African market, there is second to none of this type of opportunities.
“So instead of being frustrated at the situation, I saw this as an opportunity to fill a gap in the market and as a result, Droom Soccer Scouting International was born.
“Africa has a large population of undiscovered talents, a growing economy and is the birthplace to some of the greatest sporting personalities such as Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o, Mo Farah, Caster Semenya, Tirunesh Dibaba, Kirsty Coventry, Haile Gebrselassie, George Weah, Dikembe Mutombo and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“But yet the continent still lags behind others in sports and talent discovery and development infrastructure. “It is no secret that foreign interest has long exploited Africa’s resources and of course labour and sport is no different. For too long, the narrative surrounding Africa and sports was one of aid, charity, corruption, political interference and players of African descent plying their trade abroad.
“We aim to change this narrative".
“There is no better time than now to raise awareness, in the sports market and Droom Soccer will be the beginning of this.”