The problem with Nigerian football beyond the NFF

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Of Lateef Dada, Osogbo

President, FC Ebedei, Barrister Churchill Oliseh said the challenges facing the development of football in the country are too many and beyond the capabilities of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

He said the problem will persist until a regulatory structure and framework is properly put in place.

Oliseh said so yesterday in Osogbo, during an interactive session with the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun State Chapter, in its monthly guest program titled “Stakeholders Forum”.

The renowned players’ agent said “you can’t keep doing the same thing the same way and expect a different result. This is why there has been no concrete development in our football sector and why we are struggling to form a formidable team for the Nation.

“Nigeria’s football governing body treated the symptoms of the disease and not the disease itself.

These issues will perpetually remain at their peak until the NFF holistically addresses them, identifies these issues, and addresses them with corresponding solutions.

Explaining further, former International Brewery Limited, first choice goalkeeper Ilesha said that many clubs in Nigeria have no framework or purpose for their establishment and that is why only owned clubs and government funded are thriving.

“Nigeria’s teams lack a proper structure. We cannot meet the global standard of football club management in Nigeria. In Europe, not all teams fight to win trophies and they win money.

The reverse is the case in Nigeria, as most teams are focused on winning the league. When you now look at the amount awarded to league winners in Nigeria, it is way below what they spend in a season. So where is the ROI here. ? What is the gain now. ? Until this is done, clubs will continue to have challenges.

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