…Scouting, Coaching Programme commences as Nigerian football legends, others arrive
Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resorts, Akanran, Ibadan today hosted Malaga CF Academy Head Coaches, Marcos Antonio, Diego Martins and other notable officials participating in the program for the maiden event of “Malaga CF Nigeria’s Scouting and Coaching Programme”.
The Chief Operating Officer of Hotels and Sports Resort, Prince Adesina Araoye spoke at the commissioning of the Scouting and Coaching Program and described it as one that would help promote Nigeria’s football talents and would add to the knowledge of Nigerian football legends who want to be football coaches. He also added that the program will last for seven consecutive days.
He welcomed the visiting coaches from Malaga, Spain to the venue of the historical event and also praised the other visiting dignitaries for their readiness and eagerness to make the event a success.
According to Prince Araoye, ”To be a leading hospitality and entertainment outfit in Nigeria and Africa as a whole through consistent and classy hospitality and entertainment services to our esteemed guests; and to be a viable platform through which sporting talents are nurtured to stardom.”
“Two things which are paramount from the statement above are hospitality and sports. Sports and hospitality are like Siamese twins; they are interdependent and inter-related. Research has shown that sportsmen and women thrive better and maximize their potentials if groomed in a conducive environment.”
“At Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort, we have been to balance this wisely by investing in sporting infrastructure as well as decent hospitality structure. Besides our hotel rooms which currently stands at 165, we have also built hostel structure that can conveniently and comfortably accommodate over 300 players”.
“The resultant effect of this is there for everyone to verify; we have groomed youngsters who are dedicated, focused and talented; players who within a few years of being nurtured are well ahead of their peers simply because we have put them in an environment that is conducive for the cultivation of football culture”.
“The second part of our vision statement (to be a viable platform through which sporting talents are nurtured to stardom) is one that needs strategic thinking and partnership. We have done the needful by investing in sporting infrastructure. With this arrangement, we have discovered and nurtured talented youngsters who can compete well with their peers anywhere in the world. To take our vision further upward from where it is to where it ought to be is the reason why we went into a strategic alliance with Malaga CF”.
“Having studied Malaga CF as a club, we share certain similarities in terms of football culture and principles; we love to groom and nurture players to stardom, same thing goes with Malaga. We have no doubt that their visit to us will yield positive results which are in consonance with our ultimate goal.”
“I want to implore the coaches that are participating in our coaching clinic to make the best use of this opportunity. Pay attention to your instructors and take time to explore our Resort during your leisure period. We could have limited this huge opportunity to our coaches and players alone but just as Robert South says in his famous quote ‘If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be what he gives’. We want to be measured by being that organization that allows other to grow while it is also growing”.
“We are sure of the huge talents our society has and we are not going to close doors of opportunity on them just because they are not in our football academy.
Once again, I want to thank everyone who has come far and wide with a view to witnessing or participating in this programme, may God in His infinite mercy bless us all”.
The event will showcase the skills of the Malaga coaches as well as Nigerian football legends like Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, Mutiu Adepoju, Nduka Ugbade, Busari Akeem, Festus Adegoju etc.