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Japanese Coach Tutor Nigeria’s Grassroot Coach On How Discover A Talented Player


By Sampson Adedeji


Apart from been a good coach, recognizing and nurturing a talented player is another area that required decent amount of attention.

Nigeria as a footballing nation possessed numerous talented players but required  good coaches or scouting network that will discover and nurtured them to a greater height.

Japanese Coach Naoki Imaya recently via virtual coaching lecture organised by Bolarinwa Obalola aka Kobayashi, tutored Nigeria grassroot coaches on how a talented and required player can be spotted.

To discover a talented player as a coach, you must be clear You must know and identified what you want You can’t say because you want good players, then you pack 10 number 10 players in your team or play defenders through out.You need to identify the quality you want and not only getting good players.You must be clear with what you want for you team,” he stated.Imaya played in Australia, Germany and Japan before retiring at the age of 28 to take up coach job.