By Jeremiah Umahi
Second Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation and Chairman, League Management Company (LMC), Mallam Shehu Dikko has challenged Nigerian coaches that have undergone different CAF Licencing Coaching Courses, not to sleep at home and wait for an NPFL job before they will start practicing what they have learnt.
In an exclusive interview with AOIfootball.com, Dikko stressed that he believes that for the coaches to really grow to the level they desire, they must continue to seek knowledge and at such must consider the grassroots as the best place to start because no job is too big for a coach and no job is too small for them either.
Rather than waiting for the best clubs in the country to hire them, the LMC boss challenged the coaches to put in their best in whatever job they find to do and they will be noticed.
Nothing further that the coaches must emulate Austin Egwuavon who recently took the NPFL All Stars U-17 to South Africa and finished second in the tournament, by taking up any job, no matter how little it is.
“You cannot because you have a coaching B or C licence and go back home and start to sleep and you boast to yourself that I am a trained coach and that is it. As a trained coach, you must challenge yourself to continue to do more and you can achieve this by seeking more knowledge.”
“The opportunities are wide; a coach must not wait for the premier league clubs or top clubs in other leagues to come and get you before you can kick-start your coaching career. We have 774 local government areas in the country and football talents abound in every one of them.”
“Trained coaches must think of where they can exercise their knowledge and develop players in the grassroots; no job is too small for a coach, just as there is no job that is too big for a coach,” Dikko admonished.
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