Former striker of Dutch club Heracles Almelo Chika Akujobi Conleth has staged a two-day football clinic in Abuja for specially selected young players in the FCT.
“It’s my own little way of giving back to the community,” said the Rotterdam-based coach, who is chief executive of Jobi Sports Consult and UEFA C licensed coach.
“I hope to do more of such across Nigeria because the quality of football education is still very poor so much so that even professional players here lack the basics and this has affected them when they try to go and play overseas.”
The clinic drew players from FC Hearts, FC Sports and Waco Academy, all based in Abuja.
“The boys are decent players especially on the ball, but they need to do a lot more tactically, when they do not have the ball, and that was the essence of this exercise,” said Akujobi, who is also the adviser of Chelsea loanee Kenneth Omeruo, who was born in Abuja.
Special stretching and warm-up drills as well as various attacking formations were explained and practicalised during the clinic at the Area 3 Sports Complex in Abuja.
“It was a very enriching programme which can only make me a better player,” said one of the players at the clinic, Ebuka Okeke.
“I learnt more on pressing the opponent, creating space for me and my teammates and how to be composed inside the box.
“I want to be part of such a programme on a regular basis because my dream is to play professional football overseas.”