21 Coaches complete AFC C Diploma Course in Kohima

Coaches complete AFC C Diploma Course in Kohima

In a significant step towards elevating football standards in the region, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) C Diploma Course has successfully concluded its 11-day programme in Kohima, Nagaland.

The event, organised by the Nagaland Football Association under the All India Football Federation (AIFF), brought together 21 coaches from various districts of Nagaland, as well as participants from Assam and Lakshadweep, to enhance their skills and knowledge in the beautiful game.

The course, held at IG Stadium Kohima, was led by William Koso, a renowned coach educator for both AIFF and AFC, who served as the instructor, while Azho Sophie acted as the course coordinator.

The comprehensive curriculum encompassed both theoretical and practical aspects of coaching, equipping the participants with the necessary tools to nurture and develop talented footballers in their respective areas.

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During the closing ceremony, K Neibou Sekhose, President of the Nagaland Football Association, emphasised the pivotal role of coaches in the growth and advancement of football in the state. He encouraged the participants to demonstrate honesty, integrity, and competence in their coaching endeavours, urging them to strive for excellence in producing high-quality players. Sekhose expressed pride in hosting the 2nd AFC C course and commended the instructor and coordinator for their dedication and expertise.

Kevingutuo Sekhose, Head of the Referees in Nagaland, emphasised the importance of having a greater number of well-trained referees and coaches to improve the quality of football in the area. He encouraged coaches to strive for excellence in their individual approaches, thereby contributing to the holistic growth and advancement of the sport in the region.

Course instructor Koso pointed out the critical role coaches play in the state, attributing the shortage of footballers to a lack of coaching. He emphasised the urgent need for dedication and effort to produce talented players and thanked the association and the Department of Youth Resources and Sports for providing the necessary facilities to host a national event.

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Notable participants in the course included Mathew Yhome, president of the Kohima District Football Association, Neithovilie Chalieu, goalkeeper of Shillong Lajong, SAI coaches Avval Hamza D S and Vekuto Puro, as well as Khel India centre coaches such as Kechi Kulimbe and Imlongchaba Chang. The diverse range of participants highlights the widespread interest and commitment to improving football coaching standards across the region.

As the coaches return to their respective districts, armed with newfound knowledge and skills, the football community in Nagaland and beyond eagerly anticipates the positive impact they will have on the development and growth of the sport.

The successful completion of the AFC C Diploma Course marks a significant milestone in the journey towards elevating football standards and nurturing talented players who can represent the region at national and international levels.

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The Nagaland Football Association’s commitment to organising such events demonstrates their dedication to the sport’s growth and development. By providing coaches with the necessary tools and knowledge, they are laying the foundation for a brighter future in football.

As the results of the course are set to be announced at a later date, the football community eagerly awaits the emergence of a new generation of skilled coaches who will shape the future of the sport in the region.

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