Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Football | Nigeria

Ex-NPFL star takes to coaching



Former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) midfielder Yemi Olanrewaju has joined the band of ex-players turning to the coaching industry.

Olanrewaju was one of the participants in the Coerver diploma coaching programme in Abuja earlier this month and believes he learned some of the basics in coaching at the programme to arm him for further courses en route to becoming a trainer.

The 25-year-old, who had his football career as a player truncated by injury, believes the programme with Coerver has armed him with the knowledge on how to help groom a new generation of football stars and at the same time prepare him for a bigger coaching programme.

"Since I stopped playing my attention has been to become a coach and I have taken a step towards realising that goal with a coaching programme when Coerver held a diploma coaching course recently.

"It was a great programme to empower coaches that will discover and raise a new generation of world football stars. Though I have learned a lot while playing before injuries frustrated me (out of the sport), there is a difference between being a player and a coach, and that I have learned also. Overall the programme was impactful," Olanrewaju told supersport.com.

However, the former Bayelsa United and Ocean Boys man is hoping to follow up his goal of becoming a top-rated coach with a Caf C-licence programme as soon as he finishes his university programme at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) where he is in his final year, studying Enterpreneurial and Business Management.

Olanrewaju revealed that he draws inspiration from former Enugu Rangers head coach Imama Amapakabo who has played the role of a mentor.

"I have always known I will be a coach after playing but never knew it would be soonest. Yes by God's grace I will be going for the Caf C-licence soon. I am privileged to have a lot of great coaches and league champions as a father and mentors. They have advised me. Coach Imama is one of them and he encourages and inspires me always," he said.

Apart from playing for Bayelsa United and Ocean Boys, Olanrewaju also featured for Crown FC.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Abiye Opuamah
Title headed for Manchester
It’s early days yet and any plaudit worth his salt will tell you how imprudent it is to be making...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Spitting at someone is definitely offside
The alleged incident that I’m referring to occurred in a recent Absa Premiership game at the King...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Wayne Rooney - A Man United great
It was the summer of 2003 and a few weeks after the 2002-03 premier league season ended with...

Segun Odegbami
Why Cameroon must fall
These are not the best of times for Nigerian football and for those in the business in Nigeria.