FCAAN Training Ends in Ibadan

Over one hundred football coaches that participated at the just concluded D Diploma Course organised by Football Coaches Association of Africa Nations, FCAAN, in Ibadan, have described the one week training as an eye opener to new trends in coaching.

They said this at the closing ceremony of the course held at Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

According to them, they were able to acquire the knowledge of a certified football Coach, while some of the participants said the D Diploma Course was a Refresher course compared to other coaching courses they had undergone.

Speaking with one of the Participants, who is also a South African based Nigerian Coach, Femi Olatunji, said many coaches lack coaching education, which is having adverse effect on development of Football.

“With this kind of coaching education, football Coaches would be able to produce good footballers “Olatunji told newsmen.

Also, the assistant coach of Gateway United, Sakiru Lawal, and one of the female Participants, Ayomide Abiodun, noted that FCAAN Instructors took time to explain the latest methods in coaching.

In his message, President, Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, commended FCAAN for educating Nigerian Coaches.

Speaking through an NFF Executive board member, Ganiyu Majekodunmi , who is also the chairman, Ogun state football Association, Pinnick commended FCAAN for the successful completion of the one week training programme.

Majekodunmi said Ogun football Association would work out modalities on partnering FCAAN in training Coaches in Ogun state.

Earlier, President of FCAAN, Dr. Terry Eguoaje, said football Coaches, who are the real developers of the game of Football, should undergo weekly or monthly coaching courses to broaden their horizon.

“Problem with coaching is lack of training, we have to be honest with ourselves, consistent training is what I mean, not 2 or 3 years training.

Also speaking, Director, Coaching Education of FCAAN, Coach Henry Abiodun said the training programme would be taken to all geopolitical zones of Nigeria, to enable grassroots football Coaches acquire new methods of coaching.

Abiodun said C Diploma Course, which is an advanced course of D Diploma, would soon be held for Nigerian Coaches.

The one week training programme, which began last week Friday with a two day E Diploma Course, ended with D Diploma Course, with presentation of certificates to all Participants.

Highlight of the programme was presentation of Nigerian Jersey to International football Instructor, Kyle Quigley from United Kingdom, who had been one of the Instructors at the training programme.

Olaolu Fawole


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