The COPA Coca-Cola 2016 coaching clinic has been filled with several incredible moments, and the training camp at Kaduna recently provided yet another memorable day for young players at the COPA Coca-Cola coaching clinic, when they got a visit from the veteran midfielder, Garba Lawal.
The 1996 Olympic gold medallist, Garba Lawal, who is regarded as one of the most versatile players in the Nigeria national football team, breezed into the training ground of the COPA Coca-Cola in Kaduna to help the young players from Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa and Katsina state to uplift their confidence ahead of their regional group stage games.
The teams who were champions at their respective home states at the grassroots leg of the tournament were hosted in Kaduna state to contest for the regional champion, after which they will proceed to Lagos state for the COPA Coca-Cola national finals.
The 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Garba Lawal engaged the young players in soccer drills that will help their football techniques and playing abilities, while also motivating them with his words.
“Coca-Cola strongly believes in the potential of Nigerian teens and we are well aware that one of the greatest passions of these teenagers is football, so we wanted to come up with a way to provide sport education and development for them,” Marketing Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Patricia Jemibewon said while speaking on behalf of the brand.
The ex-international footballer who represented Nigeria at four editions of African Cup of Nations also praised the initiative, “this initiative is fantastic, and it has been helping Nigeria football. I am highly impressed with their talents and determination. I hope to see a lot of them do better than I did.”
After days of tough matches between the teams from Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa and Katsina state, five points was enough to see the boys from Government Unity Secondary School, Jigawa as the group and North-West region champion.
Three more victories would see the Jigawa boys lift the 2016 COPA Coca-Cola trophy in Lagos.
Photos below from the visit to the COPA Coca-Cola coaching clinic
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