The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has described the national football clubs as the fulcrum of Nigeria’s domestic leagues, stating that they represent the common thread of Nigerian football development.
Intervenes by receiving the Club Owners Association led by its president, Barr. Isaac Danladi, in his office at Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, the Minister emphasized that where national leagues lack a definitive licensing and enforcement governance structure, poor financial controls, inconsistent standards, the end result is a weak national team.
In his comments, Barr. Danladi applauded Dare’s great strides in the sports sector over the past 3 years, stating that the reforms and innovations implemented were instrumental in Nigeria’s brilliant performance at the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon and record-breaking feat at the Commonwealth Games. just completed in Birmingham.
While congratulating the Minister on the 10-year Football Development Master Plan Report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari last week, Danladi expressed his optimism that with the early implementation of the report, club owners will play a leading role in the development of the nation’s football, including Nigeria. Football Federation (NFF) as members of its Congress.
The Minister praised the club owners for the work they are doing for the development of football throughout the country, and recognized the Ministry’s awareness of the challenges faced by clubs and their owners.
“We are aware of the efforts made by the NFF and the League Management Company (LMC) to address some of these challenges, but we are not satisfied with the efforts that have been made. The problems, the challenges, have been on display, but we have not seen a commensurate effort and commitment to create a league that is virile, profitable and that fits our reputation as a soccer-loving nation.
“As a Ministry that is mandated to oversee sports development and set the general direction, in terms of policy and initiatives for sports development of which football is important, we have conveyed our concerns to the necessary administrators, we have had time to sit down. with them. , we have had an exchange of correspondence and we believe that concerted efforts can bring about change”, said the Minister.
Dare expressed his optimism that with the presentation of the Football Master Plan Report to the President last week, the necessary reforms will soon be launched to ensure that Nigerian football and its administration reach the enviable standard where rules and governance structures are adhered to. government follow international best practices. .
“The opportunity of this courtesy call is important to convey an important message, to echo what the President said. Having been informed, he understands that our national league is weak, appreciates the problems and challenges and has promised to support not only the Ministry, but also the managers and owners of the clubs. So we hope that the 10-year Football Master Plan Report will serve as a roadmap,” the Minister concluded.
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