By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Ahead of the 2020/2021 football league season in Nigeria, the Football Association in Akwa Ibom State under the leadership of Mr. Emmanuel Iba, is set for a three- day football coaching clinic in Uyo.
According to Iba, who is the South South Board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, the clinic is organised by the State Football Association in conjunction with Flying Sports Academy.
The aim of training and retrainingFootball coaches especially at the grassroots level in Akwa Ibom State is to bring out the hidden talents to fill the gaps.
Addressing sports journalists in Uyo, Iba, hinted that the three days clinic is slated to kick start tomorrow, November 25, to November 28, 2020 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium with instructors from within and outside the country.
According to the South South NFF board member, his administraion is bringing back football to the grassroots and the three days clinic for selected 45 grassroot coaches is one of the strategies after ensuring that FA has functional leadership in all the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom state.
“We chose the grassroots coaches because we want to get the talented footballers at the early stage. We limited the number of the participants to 45 because of covid-19 pandemic and to ensure that those benefiting from the clinic are those who already have basic certification in football coaching.
“We are grateful to one of our sons, an ex international and the chief Executive Officer of Flying Sports Academy, Mr. Marshall Mbre, for partnering with the FA to make the clinic a reality for the first time in Akwa Ibom”.
The coaching clinic will precede Akwa Ibom league and and Akwa Ibom cup which is slated to kick off soon in the state.