The 2021 edition of the NPFL/LaLiga U15 coaching seminar will hold virtually between yesterday (Tuesday) (tomorrow).
This year’s seminar will be facilitated by LaLiga’s Head of Football Projects, Juan Florit, and Coaching instructor, Carlos Casal.
Speaking on the Seminar, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Malam ShehuDikko said capacity development was a continuous process, and the LMC was committed to ensuring that coaches who are saddled with the responsibility of developing future players are properly trained.
“We are very particular about the quality of youngsters our clubs are producing, hence the need for their coaches to be properly trained, which we are achieving through our partnership with LaLiga.
“Some of the Coaches, who attended past editions of this seminar are now National team coaches, while three of the players from the current U17 team, including the captain, are from our U15 programme. We believe this programme will continue to improve the quality of coaches at grassroots level which will translate into development of better players for our clubs, and by extension, the country,” stressed Dikko.
Also Speaking, LaLiga Global Network delegate to Nigeria, Desmond, reiterated LaLiga’s commitment to the development of football in Nigeria.
“The U15 project is the most important project for us in Nigeria. This is the fifth edition and we have trained over 400 youth coaches and over 900 kids have played in the main tournament.
“We will continue to play our part to aid the development of football in Nigeria through our partnership with the LMC and our other strategic partners.”
The coaching seminar which serves as a precursor to the main U15 Promises tournament has seen over 400 youth coaches trained since its inception in 2017, with this year’s edition being virtual due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Alumni Beg Wike To Renovate Sports Institute
The Pioneer Chairperson of the, Alumni of Rivers State Sports Institution (RSSI), Isaka, ‘Class 90’ in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Diseph D. Ezikwas, has appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike, to rehabilitate the dilapidated school, SIRS.
She stated that about 10 years now, the school has been in deplorable condition, saying that the institution has lost its glory, because of the present condition.
Ezikwas made the appeal at the weekend during its reunion meeting after three decades, adding that the primary aim of the Alumni is to promote and develop their alma mater.
“We are appealing to his Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, the project governor, to extend his quality project to our school; honestly, the institution has produced notable athletes in the country,” Ezekwas said.
According to her, the rehabilitation of the school would help to discover more talents that would represent the State and country at all levels, adding that it would also curb youth restiveness.
“Your Excellency, Sir, this is the first school that combines both sports and academies in the country and since then, the school has produced notable athletes in the country,” she stated.
Eguma Blames Defenders Over 1-0 Loss
The Technical Manager of Rivers United of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has blamed his defenders for the one zero loss against Warri Wolves, on Wednesday.
He noted that the disorganisation at the backline in the second half actually caused the goal they conceded.
Eguma said this in a post match interview with Tidesports shortly after he lost to his host, on Wednesday, at Delta State Polytechnic field, Ozoro.
In spite of the defeat, Eguma commended his players for the impressive performance displayed in the game.
“It is a game of football, sometimes, it’s like that. All I found out is that the game was too physical. The two teams were too physical in the game and I think in the second half, they conceded that goal because there was defensive error,” Eguma said.
Rivers United enjoyed more than 70 percent possession in the game, but was unable to find a way past Pwadadi Paul in goal for the seasiders.
As it is, United suffered her fourth defeat of the season.
With two games at hand, Rivers United drops to 7th position on the NPFL table with 18 points from 10 matches.
Kano Pillars Topping NPFL Excites Striker
Kano Pillars forward, Nyima Nwagwa has expressed delight after scoring the winning goal that earned Sai Masugida a 1-0 win against Sunshine Starts and in the process going top of the Nigeria Professional Football League with Enyimba and Kwara United being held in Aba and Ilorin, respectively.
Nwagwa, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that the win was a very important one for the team because it will certainly boost their confidence after a shaky start early in the season.
He added that this will give them a reason to fight more and ensure they were very much there top of the league, going to the thick of the season.
“It’s very important to us because one thing is that it will actually boost our confidence to be on top and with the way the whole situation was, when we started, we are really happy and it feels like what we are doing is really working for us and we will continue to work hard to ensure we pick all three points that come across our way.”
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