By Femi Atolagbe
In a bid to raise the standard of football in Ondo State, Mandot SSFC in partnership with Udesports management Ltd, have organised a training workshop for coaches in the state.
The workshop held in Akure, the state capital, was anchored by experts from United Kingdom, Mr Basil Kabbani and Baker Andrew Robert.
The experts took the coaches through the rudiment of four pillars of football; physical, technical tactical and phychological and how to develop under age players was not left out of the training.
While speaking, the Chairman Ondo State Football Association (FA), Otunba Dele Ajayi advised the coaches to always invest in training and retraining for them to be well equipped.
According to him, “FA did not have the money to train coaches, I will urge you all to embark on self development so that you can be reckon with, let us develop ourselves, if we failed to acquire more knowledge personally nobody will do it for us. I thank Mandot and their partner for the opportunity they threw at us.”
“I would discuss with the management of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on the possibility of replicating the training nationwide.”
The Chairman of Mandot FC and former Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Dotun Owanikin said his passion for football development was the reason the programme was brought to Ondo State.
Owanikin urged the coaches to be humble to tap from experience of others , saying no knowledge is waste.
” He said, “it will be economically wise to organise the programme in Lagos, without minding the extra cost we brought it here for our people to benefit, it took us weeks before we could convince the foreign scouts to come to the state.”
Former Enyimba Captain and Mandot Technical Director, Uche Dominic commended the participants for their composure, urged them to be creative on their job.
The is the best scouting programme I ever organised with modern technology, like catterpault moving machine with GPRS tracker.
One the participants , Coach Kayode Julius, lauded the organisers of the training saying it was an eyes-opener opener, opened our minds on how we can develop grassroots football.
He said the training afforded them to know that Psychology is the best out of the physical, technical , tactical of team, it also made us to know that we need to be psyching our players ahead of competition, this is a way forward for in Ondo State.
On her part, a female coach, Temitayo Onilude said she is excited to be part of the workshop, saying she is better equipped on the job.
She said, “I will ensure I impact all I have gained here to my players, as I’m better off today ,it will also reflect in my players,” she said.