Former Coach of Messiah Football Club, Anthony Ushurhe has expressed satisfaction with the performances of teams that featured at the just concluded final of the U15 EkoFootball/FCAAN Tournament.
Ikorodu football team defeated Badagry U-15 boys 4-2 on penalty shootouts after a barren draw at the regulation time
The pulsating tie was held yesterday at Agege Stadium, Lagos.
Ushurhe who just came back from a coaching course in the US said he was impressed with the developmental programmes put in place by the Lagos State Football Association, LSFA noted that a programme like this would develop and bring hidden talents to the limelight.
He however commended the state football ruling body for the initiative and advised them to come out with more developmental programmes to keep the young footballers busy.
“I must commend the Lagos FA for this developmental programme. Having watched the Eko Football finals, I am convinced in my mind that Lagos is one of the states in Nigeria where talents abound. As a coach, I saw future players on both teams and it depends how State FA would keep and nurture them to stardom,” he said.
Ushurhe admonished coaches who are handling youth teams to work on the scoring abilities of the players especially the attackers among them.
He said most African strikers have problems in goal scoring but explained that if coaches can quickly work on them at the early stage, the better for the players.
Meanwhile, the third-place match was won by Team Lagos after hammering Lagos division football team 5-1. Eight teams participated in the tournament which lasted for three days.