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NFF To Abolish…Football Academies 2024

Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, NFF President

The days of operating football academies without proper structures and required standard will soon be over in Nigeria, says Ibrahim Gusau, NFF President, reports www.totorinews.com.

He disclosed this during the one – day seminar on FIFA Talent Development Program held in Abuja on Thursday, where he revealed that the NFF have plans to also empower the football academies operating under the right model.

“We are going to empower football academies and encourage them to run their academies professionally,” Gusau said.

“NFF will provide the right guidelines to administer academy football professionally.

“Any football academy that does not meet up with the required standard that the NFF will put in place will no longer operate in Nigeria.

“We will start the process from January, 2024. We want the football academies to be administered under outmost sincerity and honesty.

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Some representatives of football academies at the FIFA Talent Development Program held in Abuja on Thursday.

He further revealed a unit under the Technical Department of the Federation will be responsible for this noble task of eradicating fake football academies.

“NFF will have a unit under the Technical Department that will be saddled with this responsibility of going to various states to access all the academies.

“They will go with the check lists to ascertain if what these academies submitted to the NFF is actually what is on ground. The unit officers will ensure that what the academies sent to the Federation is the required standard.

He emphasised that every child richly blessed with football skills must be protected, so that he can flourish under the right developmental programs.

“We want to protect every child gifted with football to be educated and not be a slave to any football academy.

“There are so many young talented Nigerian footballers in the country and it is our responsibility to create a conducive environment that will help their development.,” he said.

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