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OGSFA signs MoU with JC International Academy, aims to train grassroot coaches

JC International Coaches Academy on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ogun State Football Association.

The partnership is aimed at developing grassroot coaches, as well as train and retrain the instructors in getting inclined with modern day coaching techniques.

Present at the occasion which held at the Ogun State FA Secretariat in Abeokuta were Ogun FA Boss and NFF Executive Board Member, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi, his vice, Alhaji Nojeem Lasisi, and Technical Chairman of Ogun State FA, Dr Bayo Fatoki.

Also in attendance were Representatives JC International Academy; Representatives of Ogun State Coaches Association and; other stakeholders.

In the full glare, all parties involved put pen to paper to activate the project which is expected to last for many years.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of OGSFA, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi stated that the development is a welcome idea, which prompted the FA to give organizers its backing, even as he charged the organisers to ensure best global practices are maintained during the exercise.

"One of my happiest days as a football administrator. I brainstormed on the MoU and I can tell you this is good and developmental. Interestingly, Dr Joseph Ogunsanya is a brother to Victor Ogunsanya, former Abiola babes defender."

"This is a big opportunity for us because government cannot do it alone. We thank you for this privilege. I want to assure you that it has come to stay for life."

"Football is progressing in Ogun State with many academies springing up. I will personally take this programme to NFF and possibly it can be introduced at the national level. I assure you of my utmost support."

"This can even go beyond football. On behalf of Ogun State government, I thank you very much for this opportunity. I'm giving it 100 percent support."

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer,JC International Academy, Dr Joseph Ogunsanya thanked the OGSFA for its support and promised that the organisation will do its best with the help of its technical partners and all involved to have a successful programme.

"We want to develop coaches for ogun State by using the modern methodology. Concussion training is one of the things we want to imbibe in the coaches."

"Coaching interview and how to market players to overseas is also another aspect we are looking into. So, in all, it's about educating and exposing the coaches to the modern techniques of the trades."

"The training will be for seven days and there are facilities and accomodations available for the interested coaches"

On his part, CAF And NFF instructor, Hakeem Busari, who doubles as technical director of JCI Academy said, the MoU is a game changer for grassroot coaches in Ogun State.

"This is the first time an FA will be signing an MOU if this nature. We need coach institute. We using JC international to improve all these. You need a database of coaches for easy assessment for coaches clinic."

"We want to develop coaches in Ogun State through best global practices. We hope we can build a good relationship that will germinate into development." He concluded.

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