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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.


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