*Our focus are players, coaches – Alkali
By Olayinka Elebute, Oluwole Francis
Former national team coach, Shaibu Amodu, was not only fondly remembered for his various roles in making the best out of his younger colleagues when he was alive. A minute of silence was observed to honour him. His role in trying to bring the Coerver Coaching course when he was the NFF Technical Director was replayed.
It was a great but emotional time to find the great works of this hero of our football, the man who qualified the nation to two World Cup and was not allowed to attend the final. Words were made to fill the air and younger coaches advised to strive to better his records.
Proper grooming turns players to stars: Rainel Woerdings, the Chief Executive Officer and Technical Director of Coerver Coaching Course, Netherlands has emphasised the importance of harnessing and developing players at a tender age.
Woerdings said: “proper grooming and training of Nigerian players from early age of 7 years will help to develop these players into great stars in the future. Coaching refers to how you educate and communicate with the players as you aim to impact technical skills to these players and it is better when they are kids.”
He said that Gareth Bale was a beneficiary of their coaching programme when he was among the kids that the Coerver coaches trained in Wales many years ago and today he is a football star in Real Madrid and in the national team of Wales.
Players and coaches our vital assets in NLO – Alkali
Mohammed Alkali, the Chairman of Nationwide League One (NLO) said that players and coaches are the vital assets in the League. They must be nurtured into greatness by coaches, while also ensuring that opportunities are created for the coaches to refresh their knowledge by attending internationally recognised Coaching courses.
“The greatest assets of football in Nigeria are the players. Nigeria is not short of talented footballers, but what has been lacking over the years is the technical details and output from our players on the field of play that would edge out the opponents”, Alkali said.
Alkali also affirmed that coaches are very essential to the development of budding talents in Nigeria and they can never be neglected by the Nationwide League One or the parent football body in Nigeria, which is the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“The coaches are integral part of football and undergoing coaching courses should be the norm of the coaching profession. Our drive in NLO is strictly on how we can develop the game at the grassroots and our focus is not just on the players, but also on the coaches in various clubs across the country,” he said.
About 60 Nigerians coaches across various clubs in the Nationwide League completed the Coerver coaching course which ended on Thursday.
Nigeria’s Coerver Country Director, Yomi Opakunle, in his post even t assessment congratulated the participants as well as the Nationwide League One (NLO) officials given that their league is like the foundation for many players in the feeder system for the bigger leagues and the national teams.