Hello sports fans, it’s a pleasure for me to be back with this edition of my column, titled NFF: A Political Party Or Football House
I heard the news that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, will be taking the World champion, Germany as a model in Nigerian soccer development and the other stuff.
How can this model function with the cabal syndrome of soccer administration in Nigeria?
This is a country where the authorities impose candidates on some sectors. This will make mockery of sports administration and related departments.
Even Germany, that Nigeria is planning to emulate at this time of the country’s soccer development, has reverted to there soccer methodologies.
Germany borrows its methods from countries such as Holland, a nation with small populations that have developed unique systems of identifying potential players in order to compete with larger countries, and instituted expensive and far-reaching reforms.
Can this happened in a country like Nigeria with the Cabal Syndrome that has stabbed the nation’s soccer administration with ethnic divisions of different hierarchy of protocol without prejudice?
Taking a historical look into the German soccer model; in February of 2001, the Bundesliga made it mandatory for all 18 top-flight professional teams to run a youth academy, essentially a school for promising soccer players, with teams and coaches going all the way down to the U-12 level.
Later, academies became mandatory for all 36 professional teams in the top two German divisions.
Here is the paradox, Will the intending German soccer model be limited to the Nigerian national team only? Or will it accommodate Nigerian club sides?
Is there stability in the league whereby players’ remuneration are paid up to date? What about playing venues?
Well, my conclusion about the German model is that ‘For clubs to be issued their licenses (the precondition for admission to any official competition), they had to hire full-time youth coaches, whose respective qualifications are taken into consideration when grading the academies, with those earning higher grades receiving higher funding.
Also, appropriate training grounds must be build, a medical department established and co-operation with schools needs be initiated.’
In modern football, the better your academy is, the more funding you get. Infact, under the Bundesliga rules, a club with a top-rated three-star academy gets an additional $400,000 in funding every year from the FA, which is significant for smaller teams.
Can the NFF savage and subsidized the pro-teams with this model? Will the Nigerian soccer mafias and cabal hijacking the stage with political influence allow for transparency?
For many years, Nigerian football suffered a professional foundation due to lack of a long term plan and vision. Things must be well planned if the nation wants to change its current passive setting.
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