Lauren: MTN/Arsenal clinic crucial to African football growth

The 41-year-old foresees a bright future for the continent’s football following the completing of a three-day football workshop held in Lagos

Cameroon football icon Lauren believes that the just concluded MTN/Arsenal football clinic is decisive to the development of African football.

As part of their effort to groom the best young footballing talents in Nigeria, the telecommunication giants in conjunction with the English topflight side held a three-day clinic for 128 players and 30 coaches at the Fifa Goal Project ground of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The clinic was directed at providing young talents with the essential technical support and skillset required to thrive at international level.

For the coaches, it was meant to empower them technically to build better teams and nurture promising talents.

“A clinic like this is very crucial for younger talents in terms of their development. The earlier they learn the Arsenal way, the better for their career,” Lauren told Goal.

“No doubt that these kids are the future and this kind of initiative MTN has in conjunction with Arsenal is crucial to the development of African football.

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“The coaches are not left out of this because they must possess the knowledge to teach the kids the Arsenal way.

“The Arsenal way is geared towards helping young players understand the game, understand the movement, when to give the pass and the right moment, when to move according to the possession of the ball and so on. The earlier they learn that, the better for their future.

“Africa in the last two decades have produced stars like [Anthony] Yeboah, [Nwankwo] Kanu, [Daniel] Amokachi, [Samuel] Eto’o, [Didier] Drogba and Mohamed Salah. So it is easy to predict that the impact of the MTN/Arsenal football clinic will help the continent produce a World Cup winning team.”