Bolton Wanderers' coaches wowed by Nigeria teens


Mick Wild led a team of coaches from the English club to Lagos to facilitate a free football training camp organized by Nigeria First Division club COD United, and was left buzzing about the experience.

"We had a great time with the youngsters. We saw a lot of enthusiasm; energy and some of them have real potential.

"We are glad to work with COD United to contribute our bit to ensuring that young people in Nigeria get the benefit of superior training.

"It's important that they are exposed to these drills at a young age as that can now form the basis for their future development.

"COD United's coaches are highly skilled with regards to training youngsters and their help was crucial because of the large turnout we witnessed."

The clinic, organized as part of the COD's Football in the Community project, was facilitated by coaches from both COD United and Bolton Wanderers FC

Over 100 kids were in attendance at the camp.

COD's director of football, Ayodeji Adegbenro said the free soccer camp was the Club's own way of giving back to the society.

"We have always said youth development is one area that we are extremely passionate about.

"Just two months ago, we took a team of young men from all over the country to Portugal to play at the Iber Cup and our performance was top notch even though we were slightly unlucky.

"Bringing coaches from Bolton Wanderers to train talented young Nigerians at absolutely no cost is another way of showing that we really want young Nigerian talents to get the best opportunities possible to express their God-given gifts."