The Nigeria Nationwide League One has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a football coaching clinic organisation, Berackiah/ABIGOL Grassroots Coaching Clinic to help develop the skills of its league coaches which in turn will assure the broad development of the game as well as the talents spread across the nation. Present at the occasion which held at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja were NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was represented by the Chairman, NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh; Chairman, Nationwide League One, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali; NFF General Secretary Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, President, Nigeria Coaches Association, Coach Isah Ladan Bosso; NFF Technical Director and former Nigeria captain, Austin Eguavoen; Chief Operating Officer of the NLO, Shola Ogunnowo; Representatives of Berackiah Football Coaching Clinic; Representatives of Association of Local Government of Nigeria and; Representatives of Foreign Technical partners, ABIGOL.
In the full glare of the Nigeria Football Federation which approved the clinic, all parties involved put pen to paper to activate the project which is expected to kickoff from the 25th January through to the 31st of March 2021 across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Speaking at the event, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi stated that the development is a welcome idea, which prompted the Executive Committee of the NFF to approve the clinic even as he charged the organisers to ensure best practices are maintained during the exercise. “We have so many clubs in the Nationwide League One whose coaches need to be trained and retrained from time to time and this will go a long way to help us. The NFF, which is charged to monitor, direct and organise the affairs of football in the country, met at the board level and consented to this agreement.
We however charge the organisers to ensure due process is followed and avoid anything unethical during the exercise,” the foremost football administrator stated. Sanusi further charged the organisers to be diligent whilst warning that they avoid cutting corners which may force the NFF to cancel the entire exercise. Earlier, Chief Executive Officer of Berackiah Football Coaching Clinic, Wonders Nwigwe, thanked the NFF for its support and promised that the organisation will do its best with the help of its technical partners and all involved to have a successful coaching clinic.The clinic is expected to have eminent football coaches such as former Super Eagles Coaches and CAF Instructors, High Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, Coach Kashimawo Laloko, Coach Franko Granangali, Sansiano Daniale and Matthew Olorunleke from Italy, as instructors during the event.
Sportsville award excites Edo Deputy Gov
…Says I will be in Lagos to personally receive it
S ports loving Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu has accepted the Sportsville award to be bestowed on him and other sports personalities in Lagos on January 30. The Deputy Governor who spoke through Ebomhiana Musa said the award which is coming from a very credible outfit like Sportsville is one which he cherishes and would be in Lagos to personally receive. “My boss, Rt Hon Philip Shaibu has accepted the Sportsville award and he would be in Lagos by the Grace of God to personally receive it. This is an award he cherishes because it is coming from a very credible body. Sportsville is run by the best brains in the sports media industry,” Musa said. The Edo Deputy Governor is being honored for his immense contribution to Sports development not just in Edo state but the country at large. The deputy governor, a consummate athlete himself is a registered player for the Arsenal of Benin, Bendel Insurance, thus making him the first Deputy Governor in the country to play in the Nigerian premier league. He has personally ensured with the support of his boss, Gov Godwin Obaseki to see the revival of sports in Edo state. Edo with world class sporting facilities is set to host the national sports festival next month. Other awardees are, Rivers state governor His Excellency Nyesom Wike (POS), President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, NBBF boss, Engr Musa Kida, NOC president, Engr Habu Gumel, NWFL chairperson, Aisha Falode, Enyimba chairman, Felix Anyansi Agwu, and the CEO of Monimichelle Group Mr Ebi Egbe, veteran sports journalist cum media icon, Dr Larry Izamoje of Brilla FM and Super Eagles number one supporter, Dr Rauf Ladipo.
Covid-19 knocks out Sportel Winter in Monaco
Organizers of Sportel Winter billed for Monaco in France from February 22-24 has opted to cancel the event, no thanks to the second wave of Covid-19. The organizers in an email made available to Catholic Herald Sports stated… “When I postponed SPORTEL Monaco to February 2021, the horizon was quite positive, but today I have to face the reality. We cannot hold an international event in this current sanitary context. The regulations and health situation in Monaco, France, Europe and the world as a whole, evolve and change by the day, stating the obvious that the sports industry is not able to travel and meet face-toface. However, the vaccine is giving us hope for the near future. We are not giving up and will continue to work hard to be ready for the day we can organize an event that can meet the expectations of our clients.” said Laurent Puons, CEO of Monaco Mediax. SPORTEL Teams are working on the 2021 calendar, which may be adapted depending on the evolution of the pandemic. SPORTEL Monaco will be back from 5 to 7 October, reuniting the entire sports media and tech community to rebuild and reshape the industry. Finally, while preserving its DNA of face-to-face events, which enable deal making and networking, a series of free to attend webinars will launch beginning in March 2021. Following the success of a collaborative esports webinar organised last November, SPORTEL will continue to connect with the sports business community digitally. Industry heavyweights and dynamic innovators will discuss key industry trends emerging through the disruptive COVID climate including: navigating media rights negotiations, ‘crossover’ partnerships between parallel ecosystems such as esports, exciting new tech and digital evolutions and more.”