The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has ordered the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to rid the senior national team of agents and hangers-on, The SportsBay reports.
He stated this recently while speaking during the during a one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter.
According to the Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, “NFF must get rid of hangers-on and individuals who do not have clear mandates and are around the National team. These are agents, scouts etc. They should operate outside the perimeter.”
It will be recalled that the NFF recently issued a strong warning against sharp practices by player-managers, football agents, coaches and even parents of football players, saying the Federation would go as far as prosecuting those who are found culpable.
NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, disclosed that the Federation has been inundated with tales of some sleazy practices by some persons who demand monies from parents of young players to put their wards in the camp of the U17 Boys National Team, Golden Eaglets.
“We have given strict instructions to the coaches of the U17 National Team, to the effect that no parent or agent or player-manager, or anyone under any guise or pretext, should pay any money to have their ward in the camp. Everything must be based on merit, from invitation of players to camp to those who eventually make the team for any match or competition.
“The NFF is monitoring the situation and will not hesitate to go as far as prosecuting any individual who engages in the exchange of money or other gratification to have players in camp, even a parent. This is a very serious warning and we are not joking.”
Sanusi stated that the warning applies to all categories of National Teams.
In the same vein, the NFF has also been advised to set up a scientific template to benchmark the performance of the Super Eagles.
This will curb the problem of poor performance and mediocrity in the performance of the players.
It was also decided that henceforth, the invitation of foreign-based players to the National team must be based on current form and performance and must be properly monitored before been invited to the team.