33 Nigerian coaches have filed applications to coach Nigeria’s national badminton teams, LEADERSHIP Sports has learnt.
The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) revealed that it would employ a head coach and two assistant coaches for each of the national teams, as against the previous practice of having only one national coach handling all the national teams, both male and female, at all levels.
Briefing newsman on the outcome of their board meeting held last Thursday in Abuja, president of the sport federation, Francis Orbi, announced that 33 Nigerian coaches have submitted applications for the coaching roles and would be invited for oral and written interviews to prove their tactical soundness for the job.
The interview, Orbi said, has been fixed to hold between March 13th to 15, 2018 and would be conducted by the technical committee of the BFN.
“We put out an advert calling for applications for national teams’ coaching jobs. We’ll set up a technical committee to conduct the interview and the applicants would sit for both oral and written interview.Only then can the committee recommend to the board coaches who they think should be appointed into the various coaching positions,based on their performances.”
According to Orbi, among other resolutions reached at the end their board meeting, was the dissolution of the leaderships of the Nigerian Badminton Coaches’ Association and Nigerian Union of Badminton Players and setting up a three-man caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the associations and organise elections to elect new officials for the two bodies.
The dissolution, he said, was agreed after the two bodies failed to abide by its directive to elect new officials.
“The associations affiliated to the federation (those of coaches, umpires and players’ associations) and their executives had been in office for close to six years now. We wrote to them to conduct their elections to elect new executives. At the meeting, the umpires’ association made a presentation that it would hold its election in April.
“We had actually asked the three associations to forward their constitutions to the federation, because we realised that they needed to be guided by their own rule-book. The umpires’ association submitted its constitution and our observation was that it should be updated, because, as we noticed, it had been a while since it updated it.
“For the two other associations, the board decided to dissolve its executives and put in place a three-man committee to run the affairs of the associations, until the elections are held.
“We have also concluded arrangements to put in place a database for all the players. The registration of the players will commence next week and it will be done online and all the registered players will be issued identification cards.
“Part of the registration exercise was for the federation to put in place online portal where players can register and, also, facilitate the payment of the affiliation fees. That has been concluded and by next week we will post it online. For the affiliation fees for the state associations, we have decided to fix it at N50, 000 per state and it will be communicated to all the states.”
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