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NPFL clubs should focus more on producing players for European football – Dikko

The chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Mallam Shehu Dikko has tasked Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs to focus more on producing more players for exportation to Europe than winning laurels.

Dikko made this assertion at the Symposium of the FCT Branch of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), held Wednesday inside the press center of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

“It is not just about winning laurels playing tournaments and stuffs like that. No. What is the economic impact of football in this country. How many jobs are we creating? What is our contribution to the GDP at the end of the day?

“How many players are we shipping aboard every year. Those are my vision.  As at last week we were doing research with a very big firm that’s trying to partner the league and they came with their analysis.

“In the main stream Europe as at today, does anybody knows how many players we have, in the entire Europe now, we have just over 300 hundred players registered in the leagues.

“With the number of people we have in Nigeria and the way we thinking everyone is travelling abroad, we should be able to contribute at least 10 % to 20 % percent of the export of players global globally.

“Because if you do that, our country will be better, they’ll earn money and send it back home. So that’s the vision we are working on. To make football an economy that employ the youth,” he postulated.

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