27th March, 2012
Super Eagles’ chief coach, Stephen Keshi, has praised the efforts of the board of the Nigeria National League, NNL, for initiating the monthly awards to recognise outstanding performance of clubs and players in the national league.
Keshi, who was among the first class Nigerian coaches that witnessed the first edition of the awards for the month of February, noted that such initiative from the NNL board is required to develop and motivate the clubs and players to put in their best in the game, adding that it will also ensure discipline in the game of football.
Equally present at the occasion were former NFA technical director and CAF instructor, Kashimawo Laloko, and Rangers international coach, Okey Emordi.
“This is a great beginning, I am not sure that I have seen this type of encouragement in Nigerian football for a long time. It is a great motivation for clubs and players in Nigerian football and I am happy to be part of this. This move has proved that the three major results in the game of football, win, lose or draw should be permanent in the mind of both club administrators and their supporters. This will help to take violent reactions away from our league,” he stated.
The former super Eagles captain, therefore, urged the national league clubs and players to look up to the monthly awards as a guide to compete for honours as well as ensure that their matches are not marred by crowd violence.