Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Coach Bitrus Bewarang has opened up on the possible invitation of foreign players to the Under 17 camp while ruling out the option of open trial for the team ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifiers later this year.
The former Plateau United General Manager, who spoke to AOIFootball.com exclusively, said the coach has already submitted his plan to the technical department and the committee will meet on when to begin camping for the team.
“Yes, Coach Manu Garba came around and submitted his plans to us, we will sit as a committee and look into it and begin early preparations in order to avoid to a similar situation that happened in 2016 when we failed to qualify.
“I have told the coaches there won’t be open trial this year, because we appointed scouts who have gone across this country to identify players who can do us well, and we will also look to graduate players from the Under 13 and 15, however, as a federation will not force any player on the coach,” Bewarang said.
The NFF technical director further posited that the Glass House is open to any foreign player of Nigeria descent, hoping to play for the country at the U-17 level, insisting such player must first impress the coaches.
“I believe every player is always welcomed to play for the country at any level, so long as that player can impress the coaches. For the young boy in Holland, well, for now, all fingers are crossed but we will wait and see what happens to him and other Nigerians playing abroad,” Bewarang concluded.
AOIFootball.com confirmed authoritatively that the Holland FA are already making underground arrangement for Lateef Omidiji Jr to move into their national team, so the NFF must work hard to avoid a possible David Alaba situation.