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NFF Happy With Conclusion Of Coaches’ Instructors Course

NFF Happy With Conclusion Of Coaches’ Instructors  Course

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed delight with the successful conclusion of the first-ever Coaches’ Instructors Course which took place in Abuja last week and had 32 top coaches in attendance.

NFF’s General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, himself a qualified coach and one of the instructors, said the objective of the course was to create a forum for Nigeria’s football teachers to share ideas and learn from one another in a conducive environment that made both theoretical and practical sessions easy to deal with.


“Personally, I am enamoured by the quality of resource persons and the quality of work that was shared round, at both practical and classroom sessions. Everyone played their part brilliantly and it was a hugely satisfying week in which participants learnt so much. As a Federation, the NFF has a sense of fulfilment that for the first time in history, we were able to conduct this course of train-the-trainers. It is our belief that it was worthwhile and we are convinced that Nigeria Football will be the better for it.”

Among the instructors were ivory tower titans, Dr Abiodun Salami (who is Director of Sports at the University of Ibadan) and Dr Festus Adegoju (also from the premier university). Mr Lawrence Ndaks is a lecturer at the National Institute of Sports and Mr Alphonsus Dike was one of the first coaches in Nigeria to acquire a university second degree. Both dazzled in the classroom sessions, alongside Adegoju, Salami and Dr Sanusi.


There were also coaches Ladan Bosso, Sam John Obuh, Justine Madugu, Christopher Danjuma, Fatai Amoo, Victor Nwakanma, Dokubo Daboere, Bala Nikyu, Austin Iyamu, Dipreye Teibowei, Evans Ogenyi, Caleb Esu, Adeoye Onigbinde, Henry Abiodun, Kehinde Anjorin, Tunde Oladeinde, Abdu Maikaba, Hakeem Busari, Stanley Eguma and Usman Haruna ‘Ilerika’. Former Nigeria internationals Edema Fuludu and Toyin Ayinla were also involved.

Facilitators were NFF Technical Director, Mr Austin Eguavoen, Deputy Director (Technical), Dr Robinson Okosun and former Nigeria internationals Siji Lagunju and Abdulrafiu Yusuf.

Among the topics treated in the classroom were: The Playing Systems – The Game and Tactica Strategies; Basic Tactics and Strategies; New Trends in Football; Periodization/Planning for the Season; Qualities and Responsibilities of Coaches in a Team in Modern Day Football; Development of Learning and Teaching Principles; Management Style; Match and Data Analysis of Top Level Football and; How to Create a Winning Team.

Practical topics included: Physiological Fitness Training; Team Tactics and Strategies in Attack; Set Play Strategies in Attack and; Individual Techniques of Ball Retention.

NFF’s 2nd Vice President/Chairman LMC, Mallam Shehu Dikko, who represented the NFF President, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick at the closing ceremony, reiterated that the present administration in the Football House is committed to improving the knowledge level of trainers and indeed other specialists in the nation’s football ecosystem to enable a much –improved football sector in the country.

“You may recall that on assumption of office, the Amaju Pinnick administration sponsored a number of selected referees, coaches and administrators to Europe on capacity-enhancing drive. Our belief is that teachers can only teach as much as they know. The fire of enthusiasm to make the trainers better is still burning in this administration.

“You will recall that the first CAF A coaching course held in this country was under this administration. There has been a lull for sometime now, no thanks to the global coronavirus pandemic and the option taken by CAF to make radical changes to the curriculum. Now that things are back to normal, we are keen to once more get the courses rolling. However, we appeal to you coaches to eschew perfidy among yourselves, support one another in every way that you can and make the development and improvement of Nigeria Football your top priority.”

Certificates were awarded to participants of the one-week course that took place at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project inside the Package B of MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

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  • Oseodion Inegbenebor 4 weeks ago

    The feedback from the participants will be helpful and I hope with time, sport teachers from the tertiary and university institutions would be coopted into the program for grassroot development.

    I started following the course when on the 26th of last month, the Sec. Gen. of NFF flagged it off. Amongst many things, I’m impressed with the structure and practical aspects reflected in skills for the long term best practices, the proven methods and novel learning techniques that are clearly refined and shaped.

    I see it as a practical approach in which participants have the opportunity to observe and practise live coaching sessions about issues arising in their workplaces and to receive constructive and personalised feedback from our trainers and from one another. Impact of the course captured in a way that is meaningful to all even at the local government sports department.

    • Saturday 4 weeks ago

      Thanks. In addition, I hope it does covers all aspect of sporting events such as atlethics, tennis, swimming, boxing, wrestling, boating etc.

    • Derrick 4 weeks ago

      Spammer leave this site now.

    • Derrick 4 weeks ago

      Corrupt people like yourself are the ones up there so I am not surprised oseode.

  • The aforementioned coaches are all bunch of failures headed by Bosso. Our next coach will be Bosso I trust Pinnick he will not stop at nothing until he destroys our football trying t deceive us all.

  • Kabir 4 weeks ago

    A very good starting point that certainly calls for improvement. Thanks Dr Mohammed Sanusi led NFF. If other government agencies are engaging like this, it will be good. Hopefully many people would have benefited from the training.

  • Umoru Festus 4 weeks ago

    That is a high standard. NFF should please come up with more.

  • Coache 4 weeks ago

    Where was Rohr?

  • Comment from various people and coaches who participated shows that it was a successful event. However, my concern is the willingness and ability of this administration to continue the process and creating the atmosphere for trainees to execute the information acquired during the training. For example, the league is yet to commence as at today and in September, 2021 LMC president Mr. Shehu Dikko, promised when he held meeting with the journalists that he promised the league would start at October 2021 and I made my comment known on this forum that that Mr. Promise and Fail, (Mr. Shehu Dikko) will not fulfill this promise because I have been following his many statements he made on our Nigeria league since he assumed office in which many have died unfulfilled. Now this is another one, we are in November and the league is yet to start and the way it is going it may not start until second week in December 2021 and will go on break again from Christmas and New Year breaks. This is because the board is yet to meet to rectify and approve the team promoted and set the agenda for the league for the new season 2021-2022 season. This is the failure of the tenure of Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick since 8 years ago he assumed office. Please note that this is the fundermental root cause of our clubs not doing well under this administration in inter-clubs competitions and I dont think any club will go beyond quarter final in any of the inter-clubs competition till this administration is over. We are constantly watching. 2. Till this administration and that of Shehu Dikko is over we will not be able to align the League calendar with that of CAF and this will continue to affect the performance of Clubs in Nigeria till their tenure is over. It is not a curse but it is based on their administrative capacity the organization as exhibited since inception unless they change overnight and be proactive which I doubt much. God help Nigeria.