MTN Nigeria and Premier League club Arsenal have been vigorously identifying and coaching some of the best young football talents in Nigeria. MTN and Arsenal held a 3-day coaching clinic for 128 young players and 30 coaches from October 26-28, 2018 at the legacy pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
The football clinic was intended to provide Nigeria’s talented football players with the necessary technical support, knowledge and skillset required to thrive at international level. It was also used to empower local coaches to build and develop improved teams and star players.
Speaking on the coaching clinic and the company’s partnership with Arsenal, MTN’s General Manager, Brands and Communications, Richard Iweanoge, said: “Like all Nigerians, our love for the beautiful game continues to grow with every new season. We are also passionate about developing the game in Nigeria, which is why we are pleased to work with Arsenal (one of the very best teams in England) to make this happen.”
He further reiterated that with the coaching clinic “MTN hopes to raise future Nigerian stars that will be the next Alex Iwobi, Kanu Nwankwo or Lionel Messi and make their mark at the world stage.” The coaching clinic will feature both theoretical and practical sessions facilitated by Arsenal Soccer School coaches and Arsenal legend, Lauren, who was a member of the famous “Invincibles” team that won the Premier League title in 2004.