NPFL-LaLiga Coaching Clinic: Pinnick tasks coaches on youth football development

By Ayo Ibidapo

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Sunday in Abuja charged participants at the 2nd edition of the NPFL-LaLiga Youth Coaches’ Clinic to remain focused and steadfast in their bid to produce the next big stars for the elite league and Nigeria football at large.

Pinnick who was represented at the event by the Chairman of the League Management Company and NFF’s second Vice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko, advised the coaches of NPFL Clubs youth coaches to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired from the clinic to make the nation’s football better in the years to come.

“This partnership has already yielded great dividends with the structure that has emerged in our various clubs, with them having a proper feeder team that will produce the next set of stars in the future. What is needed now is for you to implement all that has been learnt and focusing on the job of producing future stars,” the coaches were told.

“For instance, a player who participated in last year’s event of the NPFL U-15 Promises tournament, Nura Mohammed, was picked to represent the country at the just concluded CHAN tournament despite not playing as at that time for El-Kanemi Warriors’ main squad in the league. That to me, is progress,” Dikko said.

He further urged the coaches to aim at producing talents and not aim to win this year’s NPFL U-15 tournament billed to commence soon.

Also speaking at the closing ceremony, NFF’s General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, praised the effort of the LMC and LaLiga, following the successful hosting of the second edition of the coaching clinic, insisting the knowledge imparted in the coaches will really influence the development of the game at the grassroots level as he expects to see improved coaching at this year’s edition of the NPFL U-15 Promises tournament.

The clinic is part of the partnership between LaLiga and the NPFL to support the development of football at the youth level in Nigeria.

Also in attendance at the closing ceremony were LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, Laliga Ambassador Mutiu Adepoju, Laliga Nigeria Country Manager, Javier Del Rio, Instructors, Luciano Santana Marcel and Antonio Alvarez.

All the coaches numbering about 40 were handed certificates and will be on duty at this year’s edition of the NPFL U-15 Promises Tournament.

The NPFL-LaLiga partnership was signed in 2016 and has since recorded a number of exchange projects between the two leagues, including a tour of Spain by an NPFL All-Star team, the opening of the LaLiga Nigeria office in Abuja, and the U-15 tournament.