Assien boosts CSED’s quest to develop grassroots coaches

Resource persons and participants at the two-day grassroots coaching seminar


Legendary coach, Alabi Assien, was one of the resource persons at the recently concluded two-day grassroots coaching seminar organized by a leading NGO, Community Sport and Educational Development (CSED), in Benin-City, Edo State.

The seminar, organized in partnership with the Edo State Football Association and Edo State Ministry of Education, was attended by games masters and mistresses, in primary schools, in Edo State.

Former Nigerian International and Tunisia ’94 Afcon winner, Edema Fuludu as well as former national team coach, Dan Evumena, joined Assien to train the coaches.

The theoretical and practical component of this course were delivered by Assien, Fuludu and Evumena, at no cost to participants.

Former Bendel Insurance forward, Mfom Bassey, who is a coach attached to the Edo State Football Association, also attended the event.

As part of their “Vision 2020” goal, CSED intends to train no fewer than 1000 (one thousand) Game Masters and Mistresses before the end of 2020

CSED Project Manager, Cornelius Ehimiaghe, revealed that the seminar is one of the series of seminars to hold in the Niger-Delta area with a view to building the capacities of Game Master and Mistresses.

“CSED intends to maintain their ‘free of charge’ approach for all the attendees of their future training courses”, he said to

When asked about his goal for the next one year, the CSED Project Manager replied: “We intend getting representatives of a leading European football club to come and run a coaching course as part of CSED’s TeachDteachers programme.

Outside the sport pitches, CSED would also be involved in advocacy work, distributing of free books and jerseys to selected schools, training of students in graphic arts/illustration as well as computer coding.

CSED, the NGO Partner of the Nigeria Schools Sports Federation (NSSF), produced a comic to celebrate the anniversary of Nigeria’s impressive participation at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics, where Chioma Ajunwa and the Under-23 football team won Gold Medals.
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