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NFF Official says regular training of coaches a good tool for football development

The association's Assistant Director of Technical said this on Tuesday at the ongoing CAF C-Licence Coaching Course

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Siji Lagunju, an Assistant Director of Technical, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Tuesday in Abuja said regular training of coaches would enhance football development in Nigeria.

Lagunju told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the training of coaches would help in developing them and they would in turn develop players who are under them.

The former player of the defunct Leventis United FC of Ibadan said the need to train coaches brought about the organisation of the ongoing CAF C-Licence Coaching Course in Abuja.

“This training is geared at developing coaches who will in turn develop players in their different towns, villages and clubs.

“The training is in line with FIFA’s idea to constantly develop football at the grassroots.

“With trainings like this, Nigeria in a short while will be better for it and football in Nigeria will grow,’’ he said.

Lagunju said about 80 coaches drawn from different clubs are participating in the training programme.

Speaking also, Emake Anthony, one of the participants, said the training was a refresher course for them to be in tune with modern coaching skills.

“The training is a basic course that is necessary for all coaches, particularly coaches in the football academies, as well as clubs in the divisions two and three.

“The course is an added knowledge from what we got from the National Institute of Sports (NIS) because it is mainly developmental.

“It is on how to develop football at the grassroots and football administration,’’ he said.

Another participant, Patrick Ngwaogu, said the C-Licence course would broaden his knowledge of football coaching and administration.

Ngwaogu said the course also gave him an insight into how to address the challenges in the football sector and to develop the game.

NAN reports that the ongoing C-Licence Coaching Course is a programme put together by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and organised by the NFF and will end on Oct. 15.

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