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Wenger to tutor Okocha, Kanu, Amodu, others on match reading techniques


ARSENAL manager, Arsene Wenger has been listed as one of the resource persons to train Nigerian coaches and some former internationals next week in London in a three-week course on match reading and back room analysis techniques. The course starts on March 2.

 According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), a team of coaches and former national team players would depart Abuja Wednesday for the course.

  NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, said the course, which is being packaged by the federation in partnership with Televerad Foundation, will have coaches like Shuaibu Amodu, John Sam Obu, Kelechi Emeteole, Musa Garba, Ladan Bosso, David Ngodigha, Florence Omagbemi, Ann Chiejinne, as well as Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Garba Lawal and others in the first batch of the course.

“On March 2, we have our technical study group which is made up of coaches and former internationals that would be going for match reading course in England. Because of our relationship with Arsene Wenger, he has agreed to take them in two sections. Those are the kind of things we gain by learning from the best hands so that we can grow,” Pinnick said.

  Pinnick also revealed that the NFF has received Wenger’s assurance that he would be available whenever the federation needs him to train its local coaches, adding that the move was to ensure that Nigeria no longer missed any international championship again.

  “We are doing this based on our belief that the potential is there for Nigerian football to be much better than what it is now, and everyone who has something to offer should come forward and be counted.

  “For me, and other members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management, Nigeria must never again fail to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations,” he said

 The Guardian gathered that among the first batch that will depart Nigeria Wednesday for the United Kingdom are Okocha, Kanu, Garba Lawal and Yisa Sofoluwe. Others are coaches Amodu Shaibu, Sam John Obuh, Isa Ladan Bosso, Salisu Yusuf, Kelechi Emeteole, Edema Fuludu, Paul Aigbogun, Dahiru Sadi, Ann Chiejine, Siji Lagunju, David Ngodigha, Florence Omagbemi and Garba Musa.


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