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Saipan: The first AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate Course in the Northern Mariana Islands has recently concluded.

A total of 16 individuals participated in the two-week course conducted by national men's team head coach and the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association (NMIFA) Technical Director Kiyoshi Sekiguchi.

The course began with Sekiguchi explaining the fundamentals of the coaching profession, along with important theoretical lessons such as nutrition, hygiene, youth development, fitness test, game tactics and communication.

There were also practical sessions on defending and attacking plays, where Sekiguchi assessed the 16 participants. The participants had to take both theoretical and practical examinations and the results will be announced at the end of the month.

Sekiguchi said: “I would like to express my appreciation to all the participants. They were very open minded and aggressive during our sessions. We had very good discussions on the pitch and in the classroom.

“They were getting better day by day and I was impressed with their attitude while taking the course.”

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