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“AND IT’S A GOAL!”

The best phrase for any football fan or lover is “And it’s a goal!”. Football being a game of passion has an energy that possesses every fan and lover when their favorite teams are playing or score a goal. Have you ever seen a fanatic when his/her team scores? You get to see them full of joy and excitement as though they just received the best news ever.
soccer fans celebrating a goal

soccer fans celebrating a goal

Football fans scattered all over the world celebrate a particular goal simultaneously either individually or collectively. You can imagine a goal being scored in a stadium in England and people in the USA, Nigeria, France, Egypt, Senegal, Japan, Germany, and all over the world are jubilating. It shows how much people love the game and how much they will celebrate the teams and players when they perform well.
As a youth footballer, have you ever dreamt of or imagined your goal being celebrated by millions of people over the world? Have you ever imagined the goosebumps that come when your name is being chanted by over 60,000 people in a stadium? That feeling cannot be compared to any.
MFA players celebrating their Abesan cup win in 2013

MFA players celebrating their Abesan cup win in 2013

The dream of every aspiring footballer is to get to the professional stage and make a name for him/herself. To achieve this, one must work hard, stay committed, and motivated. You must be patient to grow with the number of people celebrating your goals at every point in time. Start with only you and your teammates celebrating, then to your neighborhood/community, and continually advance. In due time, you will get the feeling of goosebumps. and unbridled joy.
I will leave you with this question, upon getting to the professional stage, how would you celebrate your first goal as a professional player?
If you are looking for more information and knowledge on how to stay on top of your game and what you need to do to achieve your ultimate dream of becoming a professional player, you should get a copy of Bayonle Arashi‘s Road Map to a Successful Football Career available at Epok Bookstore in Nigeria.
You can order your copy of the book via this link:  https://bit.ly/2Z5w6A6
Written by Oseremen Omoifoh, follow him on Twitter @gemen_ose

MFA conducting free screening in Warri 2010

“I DON’T WANT TO BE THE ONE TO SPOIL THE GAME” SYNDROME.

Have you heard of players who are on the field but at the same time, not on the field? Yes, it happens! Some players are on the field but their impact is not felt. Sometimes the cause of this is the “I don’t want to be the one to spoil the game” syndrome.
If you have been following Nigerian football especially the national team for a while you will notice there were players with this syndrome in the Super Eagles back in the days and for the importance of this post we will not want to mention the names of anyone in particular but we had a couple of them then.
Super Eagles of Nigeria at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Super Eagles of Nigeria at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

This syndrome is common among young players that lack self-belief and confidence on the ball. The fear of losing ball possession, giving inaccurate passes, not playing in position, etc has caused many young players to become inactive on the field of play and sometimes, not getting to play at all.
In most cases, as soon as they receive the ball, they feel pressured and tend to quickly lay off the pass to a teammate so they do not make mistakes with the ball. Once they can successfully get the pass laid off to their teammate, there is some form of relief in the mind of the player saying, “At least, I didn’t spoil the game”.
Sijuade Thompson, one of the best graduate from MFA

Sijuade Thompson, one of the best graduate from MFA

Every player, no matter how talented and skillful, must learn to stay confident and composed on the field of play if he wants to make it to the top of the game. Building confidence on the ball is not a day’s journey. It is an aspect of development every player must practice every time they get on the field and to achieve this, it takes practice and personal effort to always be the best.
To get your ball confidence, you must be able to identify why you feel pressured, be able to address the weakness, develop a pre-match self/motivational speech, develop your mind to focus on the game while playing and avoid negative thoughts from crossing your mind, constantly train hard to do better than your previous game.

 

Some former players of the academy praying after a workout session

Some former players of the academy praying after a workout session

Although it is not as easy as it sounds, it is achievable. You must be conscious enough to stay active on the field especially when in possession of the ball. Work hard, train hard, and strive to stay confident on the ball.
If you are looking for more information and knowledge on how to stay on top of your game and what you need to do to achieve your ultimate dream of becoming a professional player, you should get a copy of Bayonle Arashi’s Road Map to a Successful Football Career available at Epok Bookstore in Nigeria. You can order your copy of the book via this link: https://bit.ly/2Z5w6A6
Written by Oseremen Omoifoh, follow him on Twitter @gemen_ose

YOUNG FOOTBALLERS: BE PATIENT TO IMPROVE

The commitment to the game of football is the ability to stick with a program method or philosophy and apply it daily over a long period even in uncomfortable times. There are several ways many young footballers decline their self-commitment to practice, training, and workout which include impatience with improvement.

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Many young footballers often want a quick fix, something that works almost immediately. Once it does not work as fast as they want, they are prone to throw it away and not try it again. This applies to learning a new skill and move, increasing pace and speed, improving stability, balance, ball control, strength, endurance, and keeping up with the formation. Some go as far as not trying it at all because of the fear of not succeeding.
Some Midas FA players on trials in Tunisia 2010

Some Midas FA players on trials in Tunisia 2010

These players begin to see improvement as impossible and build up a concept of not being good enough. They equally get anxious and frustrated when they see fellow teammates who were on the same playing level improving at a faster rate.
Have you ever tried improving your endurance to play for 90 minutes but end up gassing out in the 60th minute? Have you tried learning a new trick move but you keep failing at it? Have you tried taking free-kicks but end up hitting the defensive wall? Do you fall into this category of trying to improve and not getting it right?
The first step in making positive changes is to identify your negative beliefs, generalizations, or behaviors that undermine your motivation to be successful. Keep a positive mind and motivate yourself. Go back to it, continue training, and practicing. To be a professional and to be on top of your game; do not practice until you get it right but practice until you cannot get it wrong.

MFA players warming up for a game at Agege Stadium

Dear young player, chill out, give room to fail, believe in yourself, motivate yourself, and most importantly, be patient to get it right and improve on yourself.
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Written by Oseremen Omoifoh, follow him on Twitter @gemen_ose