Former Arsenal U-17 Soccer School coach, Marcellinus Anyanwu says he is seeking approval from football authorities in Nigeria to establish an Arsenal-like Football Pathway Academy in the country.
Anyanwu in an exclusive interview with The Athletic NG said Nigeria will not discover the next big talent in world football without proper and up to standard grassroots football education and development.
“There will be no Messi, Ronaldo, Kelechi Iheanacho or other great players today if there was no grassroots development in football beginning from the early stages of 10 years.
“My grassroots football lab program is devoted to the arrangements and the physical improvement of lads, dealing with the development and observing it through occasional test that gives me data identifying with their welfare and their engine advancement,” Anyanwu said.
He added: “My philosophy is founded on the ‘whole person’ approach, recognizing that improving players’ physical and technical development must go in hand with the advancement of each player’s maturity as well as their emotional and psychological well- being.”
The Imo State-born tactician further buttresses what he called the ‘3TS coaching tactics’ which he adopted from Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai to be a great addition to grassroots football in Nigeria.
“My 3TS of Teach, Train and Tell will therefore encourage all children in Nigeria to aim higher in terms of their soccer ambition and will promote their practice of sport as means of improving each player’s mental and physical health.
“My objective is to provide a comprehensive training environment for lads between the age of 4 to 18 years based on the methodology of Arsenal football and the promotion of positive values such as respect, leadership, efforts, ambition, teamwork and humility.”
“Footballing Pathways is a school of life that nurtures young people through football, its aim is to bring Arsenal football style to Nigeria, giving lads who want to learn to play like the Gunners, the opportunity to become great players in life.
“It’s time for football governing bodies to realize the importance that grassroots football plays in both national and international stage,” Anyanwu said.
Anyanwu has coached many grassroot teams in the United Arab Emirates which includes, the Holy Trinity Church Football Team, Universal Sports Football Academy, Feyenoord Soccer School and has served as a consultant to 10 football academies in the UAE. He has also been the assistant coach of MFM FC of Lagos.
He won the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Under-12 Friendship Cup for schools and academies in UAE, finished runners up at the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Grassroot Football Cup for Under-16 in 2018 and semi-finalist in the same competition for Under-10 in 2020.
Over the years, Marcellinus Anyanwu has increased his coaching experience with degrees in coaching with some renowned institutions like Coaching and Training Football, National Institute of Sports, Lagos; International Coaching Certificate from the English Football Association; Soccer Italian Style Coaching Course Certificate; Mohataref Coaching Certificate, Cairo (Level 2); and Transformational Energy Coaching Certificate, Ontario, Canada (level 2).
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