Nigerian appointed coach of Arsenal Academy

Posted by Taiwo Ibrahim | 17 February 2019 | 2,309 times

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•Coach Marcelinus Anyanwu

Former MFM FC Assistant Coach, Marcellinus Anyanwu, has been appointed coach of Arsenal U-17 team at the Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai.

Anyanwu was an assistant coach at MFM FC when Nduka Ugbade was in charge of the NPFL club.

Anyanwu has enjoyed steady rise in the UAE since 2013.

He announced his arrival in the country by winning the Inter Church Festival football tournament with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church team in 2013, a competition that had all churches in Dubai competing for the trophy.

Anyanwu joined Universal Sports Club after his exploits with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

He was in charge of the U-16, Academy and the school league team. He won three trophies with the Universal Sports Club.

He also had a stint with the German International School Sharjah UAE in 2017.

The Owerri, Imo State-born tactician whose role model is Marcelo Lippi became the first Nigerian to be appointed as a coach at the Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai.

He is popularly referred to as Marcelo Lippi by his players.

In 2011, Anyanwu was an Assistant Coach for Imo State at the Sports Festival in Port Harcourt.

Anyanwu said in an exclusive interview Daily Sports: “I am very excited to be part of the Arsenal Soccer School as a coach, it feels good to have been chosen to impact my knowledge on the team.

“I am ready to train, teach and tell the young lads about the philosophy of Arsenal football club.”

The Imo State indigene also revealed that he will like to contribute to the development of football in Nigeria at the youth level.

“With the experience and exposure i have gained over the years in grassroots football, I can take Nigeria to the next level,” he said.

Anyanwu holds a Diploma Certificate in coaching and Training from the Nigerian Institute of Sports (NIS), Lagos. He also has international coaching certificates from the English FA and the Italian FA.

Arsenal Striker, Danny Welbeck, was at the Arsenal Soccer School where he met with Anyanwu and the players to inspire them and urge them to keep working hard to fulfil their dreams.

Welbeck, who has scored 16 goals in 88 appearances for Arsenal, also told the players to be open to learning and to always listen to their coaches. (

Source: News Express

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