Pinnick harps on use of modern technology in coaching


The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has urged club coaches to equip themselves with modern technology to further enhance their capabilities.

Pinnick said this in Ibadan after watching the match between Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and visiting Rangers International FC of Enugu, which ended 1-1, in the ongoing Glo Premier League played on Sunday.

The president spoke against the backdrop of the acquisition of match analyser applications by the NFF for National team coaches, after a training stint in the U.K.

He said the Glo Premier League has improved, stressing that the NFF had invested so much towards that.

“The last time we took 20 of our coaches to England for training, I noticed some lapses. Some of our coaches are not familiar with the use of modern technology in coaching and analysis.

“Modern technology is put into use worldwide by coaches, to meet up with such standards, our coaches must embrace it,” he said.

Pinnick, who said he appreciated the League Management Company (LMC) for improvements in the league, stressed that the NFF would accept nothing short of high standard in performance.

He said that the federation and the LMC were working round the clock to attract investors’ support for clubs in the league, assuring that the result of such effort would manifest in a couple of months.

“We don’t want a situation whereby clubs will be owned by government alone. Agenda of some governments have adversely affected the development of the clubs.

“Fortunately, 3SC is one of the clubs that some of these investors are interested in supporting,” he said.

He commended soccer fans in Ibadan for coming out en masse to watch the match between 3SC and Rangers in spite of the European Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United.

The president advised some sections of the media to desist from destructive and damaging reportage, urging them to embrace constructive criticisms.

“I am not saying you should not criticise, but do so constructively because criticism would create room for corrections.”

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