Future Of Football Is In The Hand Of Youth Players – Sports Minister

Future Of Football Is In The Hand Of Youth Players – Sports Minister

Joel Ajayi

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, on Monday revealed that the Future of football is in the hands of Youth Players.

Dare stated this in Abuja during a welcome reception for the victorious U-20 men’s national team, the Flying Eagles who emerged winner of WAFU B zone championship in Niamey, Niger republic over the weekend.

He said the youth indeed, have a lot of potential for development of our football and there is a need to nurture them the most.

According to him, Fifa doesn’t joke with the issue of youth football and countries that depart from the development of youth football do it at their own peril.

“I am appealing to NFF to Keep the team together, organize training, friendly matches for them, we will support all our national teams, we will make sure that our domestic league gets a rebirth and accord the quality it deserves,  Nigeria must not throw away these young people.

“I want you to maintain the same level of discipline on all sides. This is the only way we can have players who will go on to play for Super Eagles as well as top clubs in Europe.

“The future of football is in the hands of these young ones and we must do all to ensure it remains the same.”

He urged the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to work towards the improvement of domestic leagues in the country.

The minister said though, the performance showed the commitment of the board of the NFF toward improving the game of football in the country but there is need for them to do more.

In his remark, the General Secretary of NFF Dr. Mohammed Sansui, lauded the minister for his commitment to the growth of the game.

However, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have qualified for the 2023 U-20 African Championship in Egypt. 


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