Nigerian head coach Richard Opanuga has led the Super Green Football Club of Maryland, United States to make history by becoming the first team to be promoted to the professional American Soccer League.
A visibly elated Opanuga said: “I’m happy to be a part of this history-making team. The promotion is reward for our hardwork and perseverance. We look forward to competing at a higher level when the new season starts. But beyond that, our players will have the opportunity, through our affiliation as a pro team, to pursue their dream and we will challenge ourselves to ensure we are developing these players. My first goal is always players’ development so as to enable their careers take them to levels they had dreamed before.”
The American Soccer League (ASL) is a developmental league that provides American soccer players with professional playing opportunities as well as a direct pathway into the major soccer leagues around the world.
The Super Green Football Club will be playing out of Maryland state zoning as a professional side during this season at American Soccer League category and Opanuga declares the team’s readiness to challenge for honours.
"We are committed to pursuing this dream as we forge ahead and storm the professional soccer landscape in America,” Opanuga popularly called Zico said, adding that the club will remain committed to excellence and keep producing great players for futuristic relevance.
He explained that the SGFC made history due to its difference in youth development through the ASL affiliation.
Opanuga, who doubles as the Director of Operations, also explained how the team’s new status can be of benefit to Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.
“As an Inaugural team to achieve this professional status, we seek more mentoring from big clubs and we are open to partnering with professional sides from both Africa, Europe and in Asia,” he added.
The SGFC has won all the titles in amateur league in the northeast of America before being drafted by the American Professional Soccer league.
The league will commence later in March 2017 for the spring season.