The CAF B-Licence Coaching Course organised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ended in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the training, Chairman of the League Management Company, Mr Shehu Dikko, tasked participants to be willing to invest in learning new trends and technological innovations in the game.
He also challenged Nigerian coaches to always support one another, especially when any of them is appointed into the national teams.
A total of 75 participants on Friday collected certificates of participation in the conference room of the NFF/FIFA Technical Centre at the National Stadium Complex.
Those who participated include former Nigerian midfielder, Garba Lawal, as well as Nigerian Professional Football League coaches, Fidelis Ilechukwu of MFM FC, and Kabiru Dogo of Nasarawa United.
Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) newcomers, Ikorodu United, are confident they will bounce back from their poor run of results.
The Lagos based team, who are bottom of the table with six points from 11 matches, were held to a goalless draw by Sunshine Stars of Akure in their Matchday 11 clash at the Onikan Stadium.
While the team’s technical adviser looked forward with hope that things would change, midfielder, Augustine Agbane was reflecting on the game. He said that they gave their best but luck was not on their side.
On his side, Sunshine Stars Head Coach, Solomon Ogbeide, said that he was impressed with the away draw against Ikorodu United.
Sunshine Stars are 18th in the NPFL with eight points from nine games and Coach Ogbeide said that the team have shown commitment that they could fight for a continental ticket.
Meanwhile, the technical adviser of Enyimba FC has cautioned his side not to let down their guard.
The team’s coach asked them to expect a tough fight back from Etoile Du Sahel despite their 3-0 advantage in the CAF Champions League.
Sensational striker, Mfon Udoh, was the hero of the day as his team sank the Tunisian side at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Port Harcourt, south-south Nigeria.
Udoh expressed confidence that the two-time African Champions would seal their victory in Tunisia.
The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) defending champions, Kano Pillars have been beaten at home for the first time in 12 years, following a 1-2 defeat in the hands of visiting Nasarawa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
Mannir Ubale and Yaro Bature scored the goals for the Lafia-based club.
Sunshine Stars thrashed El-kanemi Warriors 5-nil to boost Coach Kennedy Boboye’s men chance of lifting their first domestic title.
In other games played on Sunday, Sharks FC beat Bayelsa United at home by a lone goal, while Akwa United and Giwa FC settled for a 2-2 draw.
Rangers International and Dolphins of Port Harcout played a 1-1 draw, as Warri Wolves edged out Wikki Tourists 1-nil.
Abia Warriors beat Heartland FC 1-nil, while Kwara United also defeated Shooting Stars by same score line.
League Management Committee (LMC) has announced a deal worth N5.1 billion with South African broadcast company, Supersport.
The deal, which is for an initial period of 2015-2019, is expected to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria’s top flight league.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi on Monday reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government to develop the Nigerian Professional Football League.
Speaking in Abuja while receiving the report of the league management committee presented by its chairman, Mr. Nduka Irabor, the minister applauded the committee for their effort in securing a $34 million deal to Nigerian football.
Abdullahi who advised football club proprietors to show more commitment in order to improve the standard of the game however warned referees and club administrators to desist from fixing matches saying it is a criminal act and anyone caught will be handed over to the independent corrupt practices commission.