*We’re committed to improving the Nigeria football premier league – Dikko
By Olayinka Elebute, Oluwole Francis
League Management Company (LMC), in its drive to help improve the standard of the game and empower the coaching abilities of the 20 Premier League teams has dragged the club coaches to Abuja for a three-day intensive coaching clinic which started from Tuesday 25th of July.
Organisers of the League, has been able to attract top coaches from one of the most followed team in the English Premiership, Arsenal Football Club of England. Simon McManus, a UEFA licensed coach and James Colinese, FA Level 1 and talent identification coach will be attending to the League coaches for the next three days at the Abuja National stadium.
The coaches will be drilled in both theory and practical coaching methodology and the new trend in football coaching and also the Arsenal philosophy will form the basic trend for the coaches to explore during the 3-day training.
Speaking further Chairman of the League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko said, “the LMC as a body is very committed to improving the Nigeria football premier league and as such will go the extra mile to ensure capacity building events like this will hold regularly.
“The coaching clinic is yet another milestone for Nigerian football occasioned by the vision of the LMC in line with making Nigerian professional football league one of the very best in the World.
Chief Operating Officer of LMC, Salisu Abubakar, speaking in the same vein said, the coaching clinic is a good omen to the Nigerian league because it will help the coaches especially with the new techniques and how to understand the new innovation in the game. Very soon we will benefit from these little refresher coaching training and our players will be able to compete anywhere in the world like it used to be in the past.
One of the coaches, Fatai Osho of Remo Stars applauded the LMC for such an opportunity to learn in the class and also on the pitch that the three-day training will make them better in the remaining League games and also that the players will be more beneficial because the knowledge acquired will only be demonstrated by the players in the future.
The three-day coaching clinic had in attendance the President of Nigeria Coaches Association Coach Ladan Bosso of El-Kanemi Warriors, Coach Gbenga Ogunbote of Enyimba, Solomon Ogbeide of Lobi Stars, Fidelis Ilechukwu of MFM, Coach Monday Odigie, Abdulahi Biffo of Abia Warriors, Abdul Maikaba of Akwa United, Kennedy Boboye of Plateau United, Coach Kabiru Dogo of Nasarawa United, Bunmi Haruna.
Also in attendance is NFF Technical Director Bitrus Bewarang, Coach Siji Lagunju and Coach Rafiu Yusuf.
Over 30 participants, drawn from the local league in Nigeria, will attend the clinic. It will end on Thursday 27th July 2017.
The clinic is expected will equip local football coaches and technical supervisors working in the NFF with the tactical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the game and improve the overall quality of Nigeria’s local football league.