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Amazing Nigerian skills thrill FCBESCOLA trainer, Villa


The Technical Director of FCBESCOLA Academy in Lagos, Bernat Villa, says he is excited at the quality of the talents available to his academy, saying the youngsters have shown that Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents that can compare with the best footballing nations of the world.

FCBESCOLA is a soccer academy created to offer students aged five to 18 years the opportunity to learn the values and methodology of FC Barcelona, Spain.

The academy currently has its temporary site at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.Speaking to The Guardian at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Villa said it was a great opportunity coming to Nigeria to teach students who have individual talents.

“At the beginning when we started working with the kids, it was hard for them to understand our methodology. But now they have begun to understand how we want them to play and how it is being done out there at FC Barcelona. This they have begun to cope with and have started improving our way of playing the sport.

“We have good players here in the academy and when people ask me one thing about the country, I tell them about the individual skills possessed by the Nigerian players.

“With the training we have had with them, now they are beginning to understand also the collective part of football aside the individual part, which we also want them to know. Definitely I will always want to come back again to train these Nigerian kids,” he said.

The technical director, who said FCBESCOLA Academy was just the beginning of more things to come in order to impart the students on the Barcelona methodology, said the tactical aspect of football would also be taught to integrate it with the collective part of the FCBESCOLA methodology.

“The students are equally improving in the tactical area of the game which is also very necessary in the collective part of the game. This is just the beginning as we have two more terms to the end of the first session and we will keep on working with the kids towards producing good set of players comparable to any where in the world before the end of this year,” he stated.

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