The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi on Monday declared open the first-ever Coaches’ Instructors Course in Nigeria, with a firm message that the participants should attend to the theoretical and practical sessions with the clear intention of gaining ample knowledge to improve the general standard of the game in the country.
“This is a very important and useful programme, which can set the tune for general improvement, development and sustainability of the game of football in Nigeria. Train-the-Trainers programmes always leave a major impact on a nation’s football and I am happy that we finally got the go-ahead from the Confederation of African Football to hold this course. I also want to commend the technical department for their resilience in meeting up with CAF’s requirements for us to stage the course.
“There is an urgent need for our trainers to share modern techniques and tactics, and other important knowledge among ourselves. It is therefore germane that the participants pay rapt attention to the classroom and field sessions and go back to their various clubs to implement what they have learnt here,” Dr Sanusi said.
About three dozen coaches are taking part in the programme, which will last for a whole week, with both theoretical and practical topics.
Dr Robinson Okosun, Deputy Director (Technical) who stood in for the Technical Director, Mr Austin Eguavoen, stated that the technical department was delighted that the programme had been activated, and assured that the modules were quite rich and would benefit the participants in several ways.
Among the instructors for the one-week course are former Nigeria international and Assistant Director (Technical), Mr Siji Lagunju; Dr Isiaka Salami; Dr Mohammed Sanusi; former Nigeria international Edema Fuludu; Coach Alphonsus Dike; Coach Henry Abiodun; Coach Chris Danjuma; Coach John Obuh; Coach Isah Ladan Bosso; Coach Abdu Maikaba; Coach Fatai Amoo and; Coach Toyin Ayinla; Coach Justine Madugu; Coach Austin Iyamu and; Coach Adeoye Onigbinde.