Commonwealth Gold medalist, Lawrence Adegbehingbe has urged coaches and Sports administrators in the country to always place competency above other considerations in the selection of their teams.
He added that they must be honest, diligent and play according to the rules and regulations of the game.
Adegbehingbe stated this while delivering a lecture on “Development of Grassroots Football” at the seminar and draws for the 14th edition of Ijapo football competition tagged: Arabirin Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu championship Cup 2022 held in Akure and organised by Tubaba Football Scouting Academy Network Nigeria (TFSANN).
He said to develop football at the grassroots level, coaches must be cool and calm, be disciplined.
He also charged participating club owners at the Arabirin Championship to educate their fans ahead of the grassroots football competition to eschew any form of hooliganism that could disrupt the competition.
Adegbehingbe urged them to leave up to expectation and do away with any favouritism and partiality.
According to him, “they should create a level playing ground for all the participating teams and ensure their is no predetermined results, everything must be free and fair.”
The chief organisers and proprietor of TFSANN, Ayokunle Oluwatope in a chat with newsmen said the purpose of organising the competition was to contribute to the development of grassroots sports in Ondo State .
Oluwatope added that his team will continue to push until hiding talents abound in the state are discovered, nurture and positively expose to the world.
He said: “Our target is to see countless numbers of talents discovered at this competition doing well across the globe , that was the reason we partner with Ondo State Football Agency, some Nigeria Professional Football League teams and foreign scout that would be on ground to watch and pick outstanding talent from the competition. We won’t stop untill Ondo State become bank of football talents for teams within and outside the country.”