HTTA, says the academy’s football players will be the future of Nigeria’s Super Eagles based on the exposure of its coaches to modern techniques of coaching.
Its Director, Samuel Ojo, made this statement recently after a five-day refresher course for the academy’s coaches at the National Stadium, Surulere where over 10 football coaches participated in the course handled by former Nottingham Forest player, Chelsea FC, Arsenal coach, Chris Mcqinn.
Ojo, who is based in the United Kingdom, said the positive reactions of the academy’s football coaches to Mcqinn’s method of teaching, was an indication that the academy’s players would stand out among other football players in the country based on the acquisition of modern coaching techniques which he believed would go a long way to boost their career and also to build a virile football career in the players.
The academy’s priority, according to Ojo, is to a reference point to other football academies in Nigeria and also to build a crop of young football players who in a couple of years would be among top rated football players in the world.
He revealed that some of the academy’s players would soon embark on a training tour of the United Kingdom.
The academy’s female coach, Chinasa Mandy Ukandu, said the course was one of the best trainings she has attended recently as it has help her to learn new football techniques.
While regarding the exercise as an eye opener, Ukandu, who thanked the management of the academy, said it had enabled her to understand the need to motivate her players to always be in good form.
The facilitator, Chris Mcqinn, said the course centred on coaching, building the right attitude to inspire, motivate and pave the way for the players to excel.
Mcqinn, who noted that the coaches adapted easily to the course as they made valuable contributions to the course, adding that the academy’s football players would easily adapt into European style of football.