The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday declared open the first –ever CAF A –License coaching course in Nigeria at the FIFA Technical Centre, Abuja.
NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko, who is also Chairman of the League Management Company and who represented NFF President Amaju Pinnick, said: “We are very happy that our country is holding this elite coaching course at last. The most recent performances of the Super Eagles may not be heartwarming, but just as Germany did when they were also at a very low ebb several years ago, we have decided to retreat, look earnestly inward and prepare hard to rise again.
“We are starting with capacity enhancement of our coaches, through this elite program, believing that this will definitely help the development of our game.”
Dikko disclosed that as a result of the improvements being witnessed in the Nigeria Professional Football League, the leadership of Spanish top flight, La Liga, would be visiting Nigeria shortly.
“Nigeria football is looking to collaborate with La Liga to develop our game, through exchange of ideas and other things.”
Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Barrister Christopher Green, charged Nigeria coaches to establish track record through starting from the lower league and rising to the top.
“Henceforth, we would take seriously the issue of track record. This is why the NFF is delighted with this course.
“We have seen a lot of improvements in our League in recent years. That makes us very happy, but we are determined to continue to enhance the capacity of our coaches in the interest of the Nigeria game.”
Also present at the opening ceremony were NFF Executive Committee member, Alh. Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, National Technical Director Shaibu Amodu and former NFF Technical Director Kashimawo Laloko (who is a resource person). There were also members of the NFF Technical Committee, including former Nigeria captains Christian Chukwu, Garba Lawal, Mutiu Adepoju and Victor Ikpeba and Chairman of Nasarawa FC, Barrister Isaac Danladi.