Top foreign coach set to groom state football players in 2 month residential program

IMPHAL, May 5: State Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today inaugurated a two months Residential Football Development Program at the Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium, National Sports Academy today.

The two month long residential football coaching will be conducted by Stephen David Darby, a British national who is a holder of the English Football Association Full “A” licence. The British national will be assisted by three state coaches- two from All Manipur Football Association, AFC “A” coach L Nandakumar Singh, AFC “B” L Chaoba Devi and one from Youth Affairs and Sports, Dip NIS, AFC “B” coach G Dhanakumar Sharma.

Addressing the function, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said that it is a long cherished dream of the state government to provide the young emerging players of the state with international coaches, which has been fulfilled with the arrival of Stephen David Darby.

Elaborating on the two month long coaching, the state Chief Minister said that the residential coaching program has been organized by the Manipur Development Society in association with the All Manipur Football Association as an initiative to bring development and promotion of sports.

The government will provide all possible assistance to the coaching for its smooth and successful functioning, he said.

The Manipur Development Society will provide an estimate of Rs 35 lakhs for the coaching.

The Chief Minister also lamented that most of the talented and successful footballers from the state represent clubs outside the state.

Stephen David Darby in his sport speech thanked AMFA and all concerned for providing him with a chance to interact and coach the young players of the state and said the more practice that a young players gets, the more he will get better. He further expressed his hope to train more youths of the state.

Stephen Darby it may be mentioned, has coached top clubs in Singapore, Malaysia and besides being the Assistant Coach of the Thailand National team. He will look after the technical aspects of coaching as well as mentoring the players and preparing them for the highest level of professional football.

Speaking at the inaugural function, RK Nimai Commissioner Youth Affairs and Sports said to be successful in any field, one needs to be fully committed and provide full attention to their goal.

One should stay away from intoxicants and other unwanted habits to stay fit and succeed in one’s field, the IAS officer expressed.

The arrival of the foreign coach in the state will encourage local coaches, he said.

He said the local norm in the state is that coaches shy away from training players who lack skills, when coaches should be imparting training to every hardworking and industrious young player and improve their skills.

He continued that to produce a successful player, they should be nurtured from their childhood and should be imparted technique after the age of 11-12 years while they should be introduced to techniques after they attain 14-15 years of age.

He also expressed that if standard grounds are provided at all the districts, then the number of talented and skilled players will only increase.

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