No fewer than 200 individuals including three serving and over 40 former national coaches have registered for the forthcoming CAF B-Licence coaching programme scheduled for this month in Abuja.
The advance coaching programme, which is one of the three courses being organised by CAF, will hold from March 11 to March 25.
The course was introduced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last year, and the continental football governing body has recommended it to all Africa-based coaches.
The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) is jointly organising the course with CAF.
The three serving national coaches are Super Eagles assistant coach Daniel Amokachi, the head coach of the Golden Eaglets, Manu Garba, and Flamingoes’ head coach, Peter Dedevbo.
Others are Austin Eguavoen, Stanley Eguma, Okey Emordi, Kadiri Ikhana, Benedict Iroha, and Erasmus Onuh, all former handlers of the national under-23 male team.
John Obuh, Alphonsus Dike and Hassan Abubakar, all former Eaglets coaches, as well as ex-Super Eagles assistant coaches Bitrus Bewarang, Salisu Yusuf and Amusa Adisa, have also registered for the course.
The list also has Oladunni Oyekale, Ladan Bosso, Usman Adams, Sunday Eresulesi, Monday Odigie and Lawrence Akpokona, who have at one time or the other handled national teams.
Also participating are Niyi Akande, Emmanuel Deutch, Godfrey Esu, Ben Duamlong, Moses Ajala, Solomon Adedara, Ndubuisi Nduka, Julius Alhassan, Abdulganiyu Mustapha, Jimoh Imam and Aliyu Muzambilu.
Others are Danladi Nasidi, Justin Tenger, Taiye Yusuf, Harrison Okagbue, Gbenga Ogunbote, David Egbiri, Samson Unuanel, Samuel Adingi, Andrew Agu, Tunde Sanni, Evans Ogenyi, Bernard Ogbe and Tony Ottah.
The women team coaches who registered for the course are Egan Adat, Ntiero Effiom, Ann Chiejine, Daniel Evumena, Rolandson Odeh and Bala Nikyu, all former national coaches.
Former national players such as Dominic Nwobodo, Jide Dina, Fancy Ewulu, Henry Nwosu, Lookman Oshun and Fatai Amoo have also registered for the course.
CAF has demanded that coaches must hold one of its three categories of certificates before they can sit on the bench of any team or club in any of its organised competitions.
The C-Licence course, the first of the three certificates, was held in October 2011 in Abuja with 80 coaches, drawn from across the country in attendance.
The B-Licence course is a follow-up to the C-Licence course, while the A-Licence course is a more advanced course.
The A-Licence course is not expected to hold in Nigeria until after the country has produced a good number of coaches with the B-Licence.
Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020
Blessing Okagbare, yesterday started her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the National Trials.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 National Trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m against highly rated Grace Nwokocha
Okagbare, the 8th time national champions is the favourite to win the event again, but Grace Nwokocha remains one of her biggest threats.
The American-based track queen won the championship from 2009 to 2014 and returned to win the 2016 edition after missing out in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her winning streak and go to the Olympics in high spirits.
Apart from the 100m finals expected to take place in the afternoon, there will be shotput men final with all eyes on Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.
LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week
The Lagos State Athletics Association has announced it would be holding a lucrative Athletics Meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli, who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship, made the disclosure on Wednes-day even as he revealed that arrangements were in top gear to have an elite cast of athletes in the one-day meet.
According to Alli, the Lagos Open Athletics Championship will simultaneously serve as a qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
“This is another fantastic window for those seeking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those seeking quality competition to stay in shape for the Olympics,” Alli said.
“The Lagos State Athletics Association, which is one of the most vibrant in the country, is out to organise a world-class event that would be the talk of the town as we count down to Tokyo,” he added.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship include, the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and 100 meters.
There would also be quality action in the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as 4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been pencilled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Champion-ship.
Organisers have assured that the top three finishers across all the events will receive handsome prizes for their efforts.
S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions
The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 2-0 to world champions, USA, in their final Group game at the 2021 Summer Series in Texas, USA.
The result means the African champions failed to win any of their three matches at the invitational tourna-ment, drawing one and losing the other two.
Kristen Press gave the Americans the lead on the stroke of half time, and before Lyn Williams killed Falcons hope of getting a draw with the second goal on the dot of 90 minutes.
With the victory, the world number one has now gone 42 games without tasting a defeat .As for the Falcons, the aim of participating in the Summer Series was to prepare them for a crucial 2022 African Women’s Champion-ship eliminator against perennial rivals, Ghana in October.
The African Women’s Championship will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
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