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Showing posts with label Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic. Show all posts
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Friday, March 5, 2021

Nigerian Coaches Urged To Be Role Models As NLO Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Ends In Bauchi State

 Nigerian Coaches Urged To Be Role Models As NLO Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Ends In Bauchi State

Gian Marco, an Italian certified goalkeeper trainer has urged Nigerian coaches to improve the standard of the game through a structural and systemic approach.


Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic in Bauchi on Friday,the 27-years-old football instructor stressed the need to prioritize ideals and values in coaching noting that they are ambassadors who should be a good role model to others and reference of modesty.


Marco who was one of the resource persons at the programme in his words described the participants at the clinic as farmers who must always ensure the growth of seeds planted by every acceptable means.


"Your words are the seed and your players are the soil. You can't see the result immediately because it will take a while, Marco quipped.


In his own remarks, the Chairman of Bauchi State Football Association, Patrick Pascal (MON) commended the organisers of the programme for the initiative which he said will improve the standard of the game.


A total of 96 coaches from the NLO and grassroot teams participated in the 5-days clinic which was aimed at developing the capacity and improving their competency.


With Berackiah/Abigol football coaching clinic now ended in Bauchi, the programme which started in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State in January has now covered all the geo-political zones of the country training 488 football coaches.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Nasarawa Govt Hails NLO Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Initiative As North Central Zone Begins In Lafia

Nasarawa State Government has commended the organizers of Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic for the initiative  which it said will develop the capacity and competence of football managers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the clinic which held at the Lafia City Hall, Honourable Othman Bala, the commissioner for Youth and Sports in Nasarawa state assured the organizers the support of the state government towards the success of 5-day clinic.

He noted that the clinic came at a better time when the state is now finding its bearing in sports development upon which it has designed policies aimed at changing the narratives for good with priority on capacity and competence.

"I believe with the depth of technical input of this programme, it will bring about career progression and add value to the coaches and the players, Othman said.

He further added that, "We  have been left behind but we're lucky that we haven't lost focus. We have now find our bearing and we are going to partner with you as a state sovernment."

In his remarks, the Executive Board Member of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF who also double as Chairman of Nationwide League One (NLO) Alhaji Muhammed Alkali revealed that the clinic with its partnership along with the board is aimed at impacting modern knowledge on the coaches.

Alkali who's also as the Chairman Nasarawa State Football Association said the NLO partnership with the clinic is a manifestation of his management policy trust in a bid to rebrand and repackage  the league as a professional campaign.

"NFF has approved this clinic as part of criteria for NLO clubs and you must have the certificate to be able to seat on the bench of NLO matches, Alkali said.

Bitrus Bewarang, the former Technical Director of NFF also commended the organizers of the clinic saying that it will go along way to help football development at the grassroots.

The CEO Abigol Football Management, Mathew Olorunleke thanked the state government for the hospitality and support it has accorded the Berackiah/Abigol team.

Other guests at the event include Hon. Halidu Akwashiki, Vice Chairman, Nassarawa State Football Association, Mallam Babarabi, the FA secretary and other board Members of the State Football Association.

Also at the opening ceremony are the former Super Eagles and a retired FIFA/CAF instructor, High Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, Roberto Bassi, Gian Marco, Mr. Wonders Nwigwe the CEO Berackiah International, Managing Director of Abigol Football Management Mr. Abraham Olorunleke and host of others.

The clinic for the North Central Zone will end on Friday 12th, February.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Aspire FC Boss Set To Host, Sponsor 30 Coaches To Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic

 Aspire FC Boss Set To Host, Sponsor 30 Coaches To Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic 

No fewer than 30 football coaches in Anambra State are to benefit from the good gesture of Mr Patrick Okeke, the President of Aspire Football Club and Academy following his decision to attract the moving train of Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic to the State.

According to the CEO Berackiah International, Wonders N. Nwigwe, the Aspire Chief decision to identify with the programme and sponsor 30 coaches was inspired as a result of what he described as shared resolve of developing the capacity of Nigerian coaches as one of the way to achieve a sustainable growth in football development.

Recall the clinic which is currently making wave at the moment, had a successful outing in South-West Zone of the country with it's train currently in Asaba, capital city of Delta State for South South and South East Zones.

In his own remarks, the Aspire FC boss said hi decision to sponsor the coaches was motivated by his club age long commitment at developing football from the grassroots while prioritizing the role of coaches and adding value to the round leather game.

"Aspire FC is sponsoring the coaching clinic in Anambra State as part of our commitment to human capital development, the statement reads in part.

While noting that the future of Nigeria Football lies in the grassroots, he added that Aspire FC recognizes the need for the coaches in grassroots to have the technical competencies in order to identify and develop skills of the future stars who will make the country proud - a target which the clinic has also set out to achieve.

He believes that "Berackiah/Abigol coaching clinic offers the right mix of theoretical and practical learning experience for our coaches at the grassroots" thus an opportunity to strike the balance.

The Anambra clinic has now been scheduled to hold from Friday 5th - Sunday 7th of February.

While reacting to the development, the co-facilitator of the clinic and CEO of Abigol Football Management, coach Matthew Olorunleke commended the Aspire President for deeming it fit to sponsor the coaches, a gesture which he said will bear a positive impact on football in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

Aspire Football Club is a Nationwide League One (NLO) team and are the current Anambra  FA Champions.

In the past, Aspire FC has invested in several other talent development projects such as the Aspire Egwu Ogene Contest of 2020 and the Adazi-Ani Fest of 2020 which are geared towards highlighting the synergy between music and football as well as the socio-economic impact of both activities.

The train of the clinic is expected to move from Anambra on Sunday, 7th February to Lafia in Nasarawa State on Monday for the North Central Zone.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Picking up the pieces from Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic in Ijebu-Ode, As Clinic Train Move To Asaba

 Picking up the pieces from Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic in Ijebu-Ode, As Clinic Train Move To Asaba

We have made constructive efforts at providing you with  all the bit  that made the lot of the just concluded South West Zone phase of the Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic.

Featuring about 12 sessions of training which includes Theory and Practical, the clinic provided a great opportunity for Nigerian Coaches to learn, re-learn and un-learn football concepts of various ideology.

Gian Marco as a Goalkeeper Trainee is one of the resource person from Italy. He was able to share his knowledge with Nigerian Coaches on the fundamentals of coaching and getting the best out of goalkeepers.

Speaking to Berackiah/Abigol Media Team at the sideline of the event he said:

"I feel honored to be here and I want to thank all the people who have worked to make this project happen and make it possible for me to come"

Marco believes he is just privileged to impact on the coaches and not  a 'teacher' who wants to teach what has not been taught before.

"What I want to do is to exchange my knowledge with the locals. I have found very   prepared coaches in this course and so I am finding my self comfortable. So it's just a first step and every journey begins with a step and we are to start.

Marco spoke highly of Nigerian Coaches for keeping the passion alive despite the myriad of socio-economic challenges and difficulties they have got to deal with.

"I admire their passion because in Europe where I came from ,we have plenty of infrastructure which are lacking here in Africa and despite that they didn't quit and they are working in situation that we in Europe can't even imagine,if we find such a situation with the lack of materials, infrastructure,most of the people in Europe would  have quit".

"I am not teaching anything it is a win to win project,I learn something they learn something we are exchanging Knowledge so I am feeling better with that Marco said. 

From NLO to NPFL : Marco has a dream

"I want this project to reach the top most especially as we are starting with the lower tier of the league,we want to reach the second tier and the top division of the league and even all over Africa. 

Roberto Bassi is another resource person who have taken the participants through the dynamism of the game .

He said in his words: "I am very happy to be here.

The last few days we have spent, the level of Nigerian Coaches concentration to the programme is good and they are willing to learn so I hope this programme will in the future be a point of reckoning"

Mathew Olorunleke is the CEO of Abigol Football Management and a co - facilitator of the clinic. As one of the brain behind the project, he believes the potential of Nigerian Coaches will help them scale the height coupled with what the clinic has offered. 

"It is not easy this is the first time, we are trying to cope to make it better and I must say from what I have seen, the Coaches are able to learn and are trying to cope as well.

Bridging the Gap and hopes

For Mathew, there is always the need to do more. He expressed the need to bridge the gap between talents and those who tend to develop them.

If Nigeria can have one of the expensive players in the market and we have players that are doing well in Europe, It will be very wrong to say Nigeria Coaches are not good. For us, we have discovered the missing link and now keen to bridge the gap.

He argued that if Nigeria players are doing well in abroad,that means Nigerian Coaches are good just that there is need to keep developing themselves in tune with what is obtainable in the advanced world.

Coach Siji Lagunju is the Assistant Director of Training and Development at the NFF and as veteran Coach himself, he preached  the significance for Coaches to develop themselves taking in to cognisance the principles of intellectuality, technicality, tactically , medically and physically.

High Chief Festus Adegboye Onigbinde was the cynosure of all eyes at the 5-day clinic.

An 'encyclopedia many will call him. The CAF/FIFA instructor urged all the participants to be inquisitive, impactful and be selfless in the course of their duty saying that integrity is another integral part of the job.

While noting the parallels between football administrators and coaches, the octogenarian appealed to all the participants not to lose focus and continue to do their best for the country adding that there must be unity of purpose in their ranks across the country.

116 coaches who attended the coaching clinic have now been given their certificates with the hope that the effects of their new acquired knowledge will bear positive impact on Nigeria football.

The clinic train will now move to South South and South East Zone where schedules will be held from 1st-5th of February in Asaba, Delta State.

The North Central and North East Zone programme will also holds in Lafia, Nasarawa State from 8th-12th February.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

NFF: Beckhariah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Will Develop Our Youth Football As Programme Begins In Style

 NFF: Beckhariah/Abigol Coaching Clinic Will Develop Our Youth Football As Programme Begins In Style 

Nigeria Football Association (NFF) says the country's youth football will get to greater heights as our local coaches will tap in from the expertise shared at the football coaching clinic organised by Berackiah International and Abigol Football Management.

The Clinic which has been Integrated by the Nationwide League One (NLO) and aim to train, educate and develop Nigeria Coaches commenced at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode,Ogun State.

Chairman Ogun State Football Association and NFF Executive Committee Member, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi who spoke on behalf of NFF First Vice-President Barrister Seyi and Chairman Nationwide League One, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, pointed out the importance of the coaching clinic while stressing that gaining more knowledge should be paramount on the minds of the participants.

According to Majekodunmi: "We are very proud to have partnered with Nigeria Football Coaches Association and Berackiah/Abigol on this coaching clinic. The clinic is very good for Nigeria’s football. The NLO as a body is very committed to improving the league and as such will go the extra mile to ensuring capacity-building events like this holds regularly with support from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Department.

"The coaching clinic will be on technical football session to facilitate knowledge for our local coaches and to develop the quality of the Nationwide League One. We are confident that this will significantly improve the technical expertise of our local coaches.

"The clinic will equip our football coaches with the tactical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the game and improve the overall quality of the Nationwide League One. I'm proud to say that the course content is very rich and encompassing and the resource persons are top notch from Italy and local content will be handled by Nigerian best instructors.

"Youth development is the future of football. We are committed to developing capacity at the grassroots level, with the Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic, we'll get the desired results. We will continue to collaborate with our partners, in ways to develop our football and our league."

The clinic was boosted with the arrival of UEFA accredited top Italian football coaches, Roberto Bassi, Gian Marco Duina and Nigeria's Matthew Olorunleke, who are the foreign resource persons while the local content will be handled by Nigeria's best instructors, Chief Adegboyega Onigbinde, Siji Olagunju.

The Berackiah/Abigol Coaching Clinic is scheduled to hold across the country as thus; South West Zone began in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State from 25-29th of January.

South South and South East Zone holds in Asaba, Delta State from 1st-5th of February.

North Central and North East Zone holds in Lafia, Nasarawa State from 8th-12th February.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Italian Coaches Arrive Nigeria For Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic

 Italian Coaches Arrive Nigeria For Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic

Top Italian football coaches, Roberto Bassi, Gian Marco Duina and Matthew Olorunleke, have arrived Nigeria ahead of the Bereckiah  / Abigol coaching clinic which is set to commence on Monday, 25th of January 2021.

The coaching clinic which is aimed at improving Nigerians coaches at the grassroots level for critical impact on football development in the country, will kick start  in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state on the 25th January 2021 through to the 31st of March 2021 and will last for the duration of one  week each in various zones across the country thus: North Central (Abuja); North East (Bauchi); North West (Kaduna); South East (Enugu); South South (Uyo); South West (Sagamu).

Speaking to press on arrival, Mr Matthew Olorunleke who is a coach as well as one of the resource persons for the clinic, thanked the Nigeria Football Federation President (NFF) Mr, Melvin Amaju Pinnick and the entire board of the country apex football body for believing and endorsing the programme.

"I want say a big thank you to the President of the Nigerian Football Federation for endorsing this program, the secretary Dr. Sanusi,  technical directors, Alhaji Mohammed Aikali, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau because when we came to the president last year, we explained our plans, our goals and what we want to bring to the country, they embrace it and immediately and gave us a go ahead.

"They supported us to see that we do this and I must thank the NLO board for their support as well, it a thing we have been doing abroad for the past years now, and we decided to bring it to Nigeria.

South West Zone holds in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State from 25-29th of January.

South South and South East Zone holds in Asaba, Delta State from 1st-5th of February.

North Central and North East Zone holds in Lafia, Nassarawa State from 8th-12th February.

North West Zone holds in Kano, Kano State from 16th to 20th February.

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