…As Galadima emerges champion
Stories By Amaechi Agbo
Coaches and players of clubs and academies that participated in the 7th edition of Dreamland/Embassey of Hungary Cup have commended the organisers for a great job done even as they called for improvement in officiating
Some of the coaches who spoke with our correspondent at the final of the tournament on Sunday described the tournament as the greatest and most organised grassroots tournament in the country and lauded the Dreamland and Hungarian Embassy for the partnership which they said have given tens of Nigeria youths hope and aspirations in live.
Hokke Sport of Abuja coach, Bayo Dada said that the organisers deserve a pat on the back and commended them for a great job well done.
Coach Bayo whose team lost to Galadima in the final on Sunday said the defeat will motivate his players to work harder ahead of next edition.
“The organisers have done a great job in this tournament and I wish to commend them for it. This is a youth tournament and they deserve a pat on the back. As far as I am concerned, they have brought the youth together and they are doing well. This is one of the most successful youth tournament I have participated in. the organisers are doing well for this country,” he said.
Coach Bayo however called for improvement in officiating during the next editions adding that the referees should be monitored for effective performance.
“The officiating needs to be much better. The officiating is not sound though they are human. The referees need to be monitored and checked on their officiating. They are human beings and we do not ascribe perfection on them but then the mistakes should be minimal.
On his part, Jazzy Stars FC on Nasarawa state coach Caleb Theophilus, said the experience in their debut is one that will live long in their memory.
Coach Caleb who won the best coach of the tournament, bemoaned the loss of his team to Galadima in the semi-final said that with the experience garnered by his players, they will go back to plan ahead of next edition stressing that they will be back to win the trophy next year.
“This is my debut in the tournament and my opening game was against the defending champions Dreamland, we won that game 1-0. Our semi-final was against another former champions, unfortunately we got a red card and we lost the match. But I am proud of my players for what they were able to achieve in the tournament.
“The experience is one that we will hold for a long time. It was something that is beneficial to the boys and a great one for the team.
“The organisation was top-notch. From the very first day we came on Monday from the screening, was a top-notch but just one or two problems.
“I was not no satisfied with the officiating but that is part of the game. Definitely we will be back next season to take the cup,” he said.
On his part, Galadima Football Academy Coach, Ernest Enya commended the organisers for a great job but appealed for improvement on on logistics and officiating.
“The organisation is perfect. This is the kind of thing we yearn to be seeing in the country. This is the best grassroots football development tournament I have ever seen. This is the best, there is none like this.
“I want them to improve on logistics but it happens all the time. But they keep getting better. This edition was better than the previous ones and I definitely know that next edition will get more improvement.
“When you lose as a player or coach you must always complain. It is normal thing in football. But the referees are humans. Even the VAR they just introduced now in football, everyone is complaining. There is nothing perfect but I believe they will get better along the line,” he concluded.
Galadima Football Academy defeated their neighbour 4-2 on penalty on Sunday to emerge champions of the 7th edition of Dreamland Embassy of Hungary Cup.