Coach Folabi Ojekunle 
Head Coach Udala Football Club

Folabi Ojekunle, former player of defunct Nitel FC of Lagos, recently unveiled as the manager of Udala FC before the Coronavirus outbreak that forced the suspension of all leagues globally, has urged his players and officials to keep communication despite the absence of football activities.

The former manager at Aquinas Football Club Belfast Northern Ireland, and also a Scouting Coach at Tottenham Hotspur London, United Kingdom spoke exclusively to Sportflames Communications, how his team is getting ready for resumption of the league in Nigeria to follow suite exactly what Bundesliga, La Liga, Italian Serie A and English Premiership has done recently bringing back football. 

" I must tell you, I keep communications with my players and the clubs officials intact, we've not allowed the global lockdown affects us, we talk regularly and I give them training routine, which gets them  ready for resumption any moment, as we are all waiting for the green lights of the government. 

" While we are dealing with pandemic in Nigeria & the entire world. I urge us all My Club President, GM, TM, Players & the entire backroom staffs to always be in contact with each other like we always do through phones and Udala FC social media platforms.

" Every player must abide by the club training programs during the stay at home order. I advise every members of Udala FC to please stay safe by keeping to the rules, regulations & advise given by the Football Federation, Federal Government and Covid19 task force in Nigeria. I urge you all not to loose focus towards retaining AIFL trophy and promotion to Nigeria National League, which is our targets, remember we are Udala FC! We Shine The Lights.

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Meanwhile, Coach Folley, as his friends and players calls him, also emphasized League resumption so players would not be match rusty sitting at home, competitive games are very important.

" I can’t wait for resumption because football is my life, coaching is part of me, I started coaching zinc 1993 while I was still playing for Nitel Football Club Of Lagos,
More than twenty million people are into sports in Nigeria, the NFF, sports ministry should pls do more to bring football back in Nigeria, as other leagues are doing,"

" We would only appeal to the league bodies to improve their efforts, they are really doing a wonderful job, having series of meetings to bring back football in the country, many are jobless right now, feeding their families becomes so difficult, the only means of sustainability has been cut short, football puts smiles on many faces. 

" This no football activity will also affect players performance, some players are growing fat which will affects team performances. A coach draw a physical, technical & tactical training program for his players to practice daily and make sure they perfect it, even when everything was normal they can’t give more than 70% then compare to the present situation which players have to train on their own without supervision it’s not enough, he concluded, " 

Folabi Ojekunle also featured for Nigerian Railway Co – Operation before joining Nitel in 1993, his first coaching course was at National Institute For Sport Surulere Lagos Nigeria in 1996 – 1997, and has gone to acquire more certificates in coaching which includes level 1 coaching certificates with Licensed number 3223 and UEFA “B” coaching license with IRISH FA in Northern Ireland.

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