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'Coaching in Nigeria is a difficult task'

01 October 2013, 11:22

Abuja - Patrick Kempeneers, a Belgian coach, said on Monday in Abuja that coaching in Nigeria "is not an easy task."

Kempeneers, a resource person at the opening of a two-day seminar for coaches, said the job could be easier if Nigerian coaches were in tune with the latest developments in coaching.

He said Staruf Sports Development, a Lagos-based sports development company, organised the seminar to bring the realities of modern days coaching to the door steps of FCT coaches.

According to Kempeneers, the structure of coaching in the country makes it difficult for Nigerian coaches to adopt current trends in the profession.

He said every coach needed to assess the mental strength and behaviour of his or her players to achieve better result.

The Belgian coach urged his Nigerian counterparts to embrace the key components of talent discovery to move the coaching profession forward in the country.

Michaela Rufai, another resource person at the seminar, said the seminar was organised to also offer to players the best possible opportunity for development.

Rufai said discovery, registration, development and integration were the main factors to consider when scouting for good footballers.

"Playing friendly matches and tournaments, organising training sessions and camps are the detection system for coaches.

"The five key points to achieve the set targets of coaching are meeting technical and tactical demands, and ensuring continuity of stable performance of each individual and team.

"Other key points are adaptation to pressure, meeting the club’s ambition and encouraging fair play game,’’ Rufai said.

She pointed out that the targets could be achieved through a systematic and scientific programme using modern proven concepts.

Mansur Abdullahi, the coordinator of the programme, commended the organisers for the initiative which he said was highly beneficial to coaches and school children.

Abdullahi said the seminar would go a long way in developing the mental ability of Nigerian kids.

The seminar continues on Tuesday at the Area 10 Sports Complex.

It will be followed by October 3 to October 5 football clinic for children.

Coaches and players from FCT who distinguished themselves will be selected to represent the zone at a national competition to be staged later in the year in Lagos.

No fewer than 30 coaches from the FCT attended the opening ceremony.


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