HTTA builds for future Super Eagles

The management of Help The Talent Football Academy, 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.

HTTA Director, Samuel Ojo, said this 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 and Chelsea FC and Arsenal coach, Chris Mcqinn.

Ojo who is based in the United Kingdom said the positive reactions of the academy football coaches to Mcqinn’s method of teaching was an indication that the players would stand out among other football players in the country based on the acquisition of modern coaching techniques which he believes 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 provide a reference point for other football academies in Nigeria and also to build a crop of young football talents who in a couple of years would be among top rated football players in the world.

He believed that the course which would help to build a lucrative career in the coaches was imperative since the knowledge acquired through would help the academy coaches to produce some of Africa’s most talented football players who would compete for honors with top stars, adding that some of the academy’s players would soon embark on a training tour of United Kingdom.

The academy’s female coach, Chinasa Mandy Ukandu, said the course was one of the best training she has attended recently as it has helped her to learn new coaching techniques.

While regarding the exercise as an eye opener, Ukandu who thanked the management of the academy for the opportunity to feature in the exercise said it has enabled her to understand the need to motivate her players to always be in good form.

The facilitator, Chris Mcqinn, said the course centered 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 training 
as they made valuable contributions to the course added that the academy’s football players would easily adapt into European style of football. 


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