By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Two years after securing the first ever trophy for Nigeria from the World U-19 DANA Cup in Denmark, Coach Lawrence James Ekele is still being sought by several teams in Europe and Asia.
The Head Coach of Kaduna based Dynamic Sporting Solutions (DSS) Football Club, trounced top football countries to reach the final of the DANA cup in 2016, where they went ahead to beat highly rated United States of America.
That victory though painful for the Germans, but endeared the coach of the winning country, Nigeria to them and several teams from that country have since been after him to append Hus signature on a contract that would see him inspire their teams to victory.
That this stroke of success came about just 5 years after he left the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Lagos, shows that beside what he learnt there, he actually had some in built coaching talent bottled up inside of him.
The Idoma-born coach, shortly after his course at NIS was recruited as an intern in Heartland of Owerri in 2012.
He joined the services of Zamfara United in 2013 and was there for a season as an assistant coach, before he moved to DSS as Head Coach in 2015.
In an exclusive chat, he told our reporter that winning the DANA Cup didn’t come without challenges.
He explained that on arrival in Denmark, they barely rested before being handed down their match schedules.
“As soon as we stepped into Denmark, we were given the matches fixture and we thrashed Germany 6-0 in our first match. Most times we didn’t rest at all, even playing two matches in a day,” he said.
He further explained that as Africa’s only representatives at the competition, they did not just get an easy sail, but slugged it out in a qualifiers held in Togo, where they finished tops.
Coach Ekele praised President of DSS FC, Chief Sunday Adeleye for single handedly bankrolling all their trips right from the qualifiers to securing travel visas and tickets to Denmark.