By Sampson Adedeji
Former Japanese international now a coach Naoki Imaya has explained how to train and nurtured a young player to stardom.
Imaya is a former footballer who has played in different countries before hanging up his boot and decided to take up coaching assignments.
The 40 year old soft spoken coach lectured Nigeria grassroot coaches via virtual coaching lecture organised by Bolarinwa Obalola Kobayashi.
He explained that a young player need to work more with the ball and at the same time learn the act of position and movement on the field of play. Young player need to work more with the ball and at the same time work on their fitness level because they won’t be with the ball for the entire duration of the game.
As a coach you need to teach them positioning and they must practice it because that is what they will do in the game, they wont juggle the ball for ten hours.
If they have opportunity to train with 5 or 6 players good for them but if not teach them to concentrate on one or two thing at a time.
As a coach, you must be strategic to achieve your set goal and objectives,” he said.
At the end of the lecture, Bolarinwa Obalola Kobayashi appreciates him for his patience and on the way and manner he passed his message across to the coaches.