Onig­binde part­ners Lead City Var­sity on foot­ball devel­op­ment

Daily Trust - - SPORT - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

A for­mer Su­per Ea­gles’ Head Coach and FIFA/CAF Ad­vi­sor, Ade­boye Onig­binde is part­ner­ing Lead City Univer­sity, Ibadan in its bid to ad­dress the ap­par­ent dwin­dling for­tunes of the game of foot­ball in Nige­ria as the pri­vate univer­sity con­cludes plans to es­tab­lish an in­sti­tute for the devel­op­ment of foot­ball within its depart­ment of Phys­i­cal and Health Ed­u­ca­tion.

Onig­binde, who is the Di­rec­tor of the pro­posed in­sti­tute, told news­men that the project which was de­signed to cre­ate a new de­cent foot­ball cul­ture for the na­tion will com­mence in two phases with the es­tab­lish­ment of the soc­cer academy with spe­cial fo­cus on foot­ball devel­op­ment as a ba­sis for even­tual ca­reer in foot­ball pro­fes­sion­al­ism tak­ing off first.

The sec­ond phase ac­cord­ing to the Mo­dakeke High Chief com­prises short-term and long-term foot­ball devel­op­ment cer­tifi­cate and diploma courses in var­i­ous as­pects of foot­ball man­age­ment/ pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Speak­ing fur­ther on the idea, the pro­fes­sional teacher with about 30 years of class ex­pe­ri­ences said: “Con­cen­tra­tion will be on spe­cial­ized train­ing for ref­er­ees, coaches, soc­cer ad­min­is­tra­tors, phys­i­o­log­i­cal fitness train­ers, paramedics, soc­cer fa­cil­i­ties main­te­nance and store­keep­ing.

“This is the first of its kind in the aca­demic en­vi­ron­ment, and we are not only go­ing to pre­pare the young­sters for foot­ball teams but tak­ing care of their fu­ture through aca­demic and vo­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences”.

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