The Nationwide League One (NLO) will sanction football clubsides in its competition engaging coaches without the minimum certificate of Diploma in Coaching, an official has said.
A member of the NLO board, Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday that the board wanted to maintain a standard in the league.
NAN reports that the 2017/2018 NLO season is billed to commence on March 29.
“The NLO board has directed that the minimum qualification for any coach in any of the clubsides in its competition should be a recognised Diploma in Coaching, CAF `C’ licence and above.
“The board is now warning that any coach without a qualified coaching certificate will not be allowed to sit on the bench during league matches.
“Any club or club official that flouts this directive will be penalised and sanctioned appropriately,’’ Amaraizu said.
Amaraizu, who is the Team Manager of Crime Busters Football Club of Enugu, said the club management had already complied with the board’s directive.
“The coach of Crime Busters FC is Edmund Ndukanma, an ex-Rangers International player with sound coaching credentials and pedigree.
“Ndukanma has a diploma in coaching from the National Institute of Sports in Lagos, Basic Coaching and Advanced Coaching certificates and the CAF `C’ coaching licence.
“Also, Ndukanma recently attended the Coerver coaching course organised by the NLO,’’ he added.