Brasilia - Nigerian delegates to the Brazil 2014 World Cup
Workshop/Seminar in Florianopolis, say they have benefitted immensely from the
weeklong event, which they will avail the national team and Nigerian football,
when occasion warrants.
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi said it was a revealing
session for him, as it afforded him an opportunity to meet some of the best
coaches in the world.
“Some of the coaches we have here were the same coaches some
of us were adoring in our playing days. To be rubbing shoulders with them on
the same platform is a rare privilege and we must thank the NFF and FIFA for
this opportunity”, he said as he exchanged pleasantries with Brazilian coach,
Luis Filipo Scolari.
Eagles Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, who was also at
a similar event at the South African 2010 World Cup, said there have been a few
changes to the last seminar, as FIFA continues to evolve as one of the most
influential bodies in the world.
“The seminar will surely help us when the World Cup starts”,
On his part team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran, who has been the
most engaged of all the delegates here said it has been another eye opener for
him in the field of sports medicine. “We have been told the latest discoveries
in medicine, new medical terms, drugs, steps against anti-doping, preventive
rather than curative approach in athletes’ management and new rules from
international bodies like the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World
NFF Marketing Department’s Chuks Alizor said he has gained
fresh insights into international sports marketing, which will come in handy in
his job with the NFF. “FIFA was simply fantastic with this seminar and I thank the
NFF for bringing me here to learn new things”, he said.
NFF Security Committee head, Christian Emeruwa
spoke in a similar vein, describing the knowledge gained at the seminar as an
eye opener. The Nigerian delegation is expected back home of Friday.
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