An AAUA alumnus Kingsley Falonipe has been appointed as a new technical director and the head coach of Ibadan City Football Club earlier this week.
According to the statement released by the club, Kingsley who was confirmed to have graduated from AAUA by a prominent Facebook page named AAUAamebo Media, recently spent time with Nigerian Professional Football League side Remo Stars FC as Video and Performance Analyst had worked with the First Team Head Coach Daniel Oginmodede popularly known as ‘IJABALL’ for entire season as the team secured a promotion away from the Nigerian National League(NNL) in September, 2021.
“Ibadan City Football Club Hires Kingsley as Technical Director
We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Kingsley Falonipe as the Club’s new Technical Director and Head Coach.
The Ibadan-born administrator and youth coach, who has recently spent time away from the club, worked as the Video and Performance Analyst for Nigerian Professional Football Side, Remo Stars FC. Kingsley worked with the First Team Head Coach, Daniel Ogunmodede (Ijaball) for the entire Season as the team secured Promotion away from the NNL in September, 2021.
Kingsley, having served as the Multimedia Director for Super Eleven FC (2018-19) and as Technical Director of his latest employers, IBFC, for the 2019-20 season, is obviously not new to the role. Meanwhile, upon his advancement into the coaching scene, he is known for preferring a consistently controlled possession based style of attacking play, using individual and team combination play to create and score goals. This coaching philosophy is known as IJABALL, it was originally created by the fast rising tactician, Coach Daniel Ogunmodede.
This style of play, which is now greatly studied and adopted nationwide by evolved coaches, has equally proven to gaurantee a dual functionality. It provides assured results for Performance Based Coaching as well as a strong Developmental Foundation for Academy Players. This has been proven with the consistent production of at least 2-3 outstanding talents per year into European teams as well as top Clubs in the NPFL over the past 6 years.
Obvious Peculiarities of the methodology is the demand for a high-tempo pressing game and a direct Counter Attacking mentality with a lot of emphasis on consistent control of possession through combination plays across all thirds.
Meanwhile, as an individual, Kingsley is renowned for being a driven professional, which after putting pen to paper on a one-year deal, will be responsible for handling both the Main and ‘B’ Team. He’s expected to work with, find and develop High Potential Players for the Club.
Ibadan City have been disappointing in the IFA League so far this season and are yet to record a win after playing 5 games. Kingsley and his Crew has an obvious task of turning the Club’s fortunes around as soon as possible while also looking to develop the talent-studded Squad.”
Kingsley will take of his first match at the club when Ibadan City Football Club takes on Young Stars FC on Friday.