By Abiola Shodiya
The Nigeria Football Federation’s 1st Vice President and the Chairman Youth Development Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, has disclosed that the NFF is committed to youth development in the Nigerian league.
Speaking to newmen at the Glasshouse after the committee held a meeting with the Chairman of the League Management Committee, Mallam Shehu Dikko, Akinwunmi said:
“We’ve discovered that every team in the league has shirt numbers 36 to 40 as U-19 players. Which means there’s incentive for every team which has registered five of them. When you play an underage player for 15 minutes, you get N100,000; when you play them for 30 minutes you get N200,000. This scheme will also force them to have U-15 teams”, Akinwunmi said.
He added: “In a few years, you’ll have some U-15 players from the U-15 tournament who are playing in the league. And if you can show that this player is from the U-15 scheme, you’ll get a bonus. We must focus on building the quality of the league so that nobody will want to take the children out”.
He also gave an indication that the NFF Technical Department, as well as some national team coaches, will give a helping hand to every State FA to develop their U-15 scheme.
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