Gulf United FC Dubai Host First Ever African Showcase in Nigeria, Teams Up with Ex-MFM Coach Anyanwu


Dubai based leading Scholarship specialist, Gulf United FC, have selected Nigeria as their first ever showcase in Africa.

A British team of coaches and scouts, Gulf United have had great success in the Middle East and Europe, achieving scholarships for young players. They are now offering the same opportunities to talented Nigerian players. Gulf United have seen so much footballing talent in Nigeria but have found the pathways are not available. With 40 years of experience, GUFC’s British coaches, will be touching down in Nigeria for two 4-day showcases in Abuja and Lagos.

In a statement issued and signed by its Head of Scout, Mo Jarad, the team will be coming to Nigeria in August and will be organizing its programme in both Lagos and Abuja.

Gulf United’s staff will be teaming up with a Nigerian Coach, Anyanwu Marcello, a former coach of MFM Football Club of Lagos and a scout for Gulf United for this project.

Gulf United use pathways to the USA and Canada to create opportunities for young people that will set them up for life. They use the power of football to open doors to the best education in the world.

How does it work?

Gulf United are looking for players aged 16-20 who want to play football at a high level and study at the same time as student-athletes in the USA or Canada. They select just 60 players for each showcase dependent on their footballing and academic credentials.

For each showcase, GUFC offer a number of players the opportunity to study abroad if they show the right levels of footballing talent and attitude. The selected players will then join the scholarship programme to go to University in 2022. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity for talented players to experience the lifestyle of a professional footballer and save some money on world class education”, said 2021 scholar Bolaji Musa Tolani. “A once in a lifetime opportunity that I thank GUFC for greatly”.

Why USA and Canada?

USA and Canada are widely recognized as the best countries on the planet for Universities. In fact, QS World University Rankings® 2021 found that 14 of the top 30 Universities in the world are in USA or Canada. Your footballing talent could help significantly reduce your university fees, allowing you to pursue the dream of being a professional footballer whilst gaining a world-class education. With excellent education inevitably comes some expense. GUFC and their partners have saved players $30 million in University fees creating opportunities that would otherwise be impossible for some families.

American and Canadian universities boast world class training facilities, stadiums, specialized coaches, physios, psychologists, strength and conditioning gyms and many universities regularly have stadiums filled with thousands of fans. The lifestyle of a collegiate athlete is similar to a professional player and prepares you for the next step.


There are many active players at the top level who have become professional after studying at Universities in the USA and Canada. Zack Steffen (Manchester City), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray), Jack Harrison (Leeds United), Cyle Larin (Besiktas) Joao Moutinho (Orlando City FC), Robbie Robinson (Inter Miami CF) and many, many more… Could you be the next?

If you live in and around Abuja or Lagos area and are looking to go to University in 2022, then register for our scholarship showcase. To register, head to the link ->

Players can also head to Instagram @gulfunitedfc and click on the link in the bio as well as scanning the QR Code below. There are only 60 places available for each showcase.





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