The director, Dreamland Football Academy, Ndudi Edede has urged the newly appointed national teams’ coaches to make grassroots football the base for the recruitment of their players.
Edede commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for giving the local coaches the opportunity to prove themselves and make Nigerians proud.
Edede, who is also the general secretary of Nigeria Teqball Federation, (NIGTEQ) also congratulated the new coaches on their new national assignments.
Recalled that last Friday, the NFF released names of 31 coaches to oversee various national teams from U-20 to U-13.
Commending the NFF for the appointments, Edede noted that the appointments came with much responsibility and expectations and charged the coaches not to disappoint Nigerians.
Edede, who is the project director of the most successful and prestigious youth football scouting programme in Nigeria, the Dreamland-Embassy of Hungary Cup Competition, advised the coaches to make grassroots talents their base in recruiting players.
“I will also appeal to the coaches that they should use the grassroots as their backbone of reservoir for player’s selection. The dependence on foreign players at U-20 and U-15 is inimical to the development of football in the country’’.
“There are viable academies in the country that are churning out talented players and are ready to make the country proud any time”.
He noted that dependence on foreign players at U-20 and U-17 levels is inimical to the growth of Nigeria football, even as he called on the NFF to give them free hands to select players of their choice.
“This is also to appeal to the NFF to support the coaches with the needed logistics and also give them free hand to select their choice players”.
“Let them take responsibility for their players and take the glory or blame when the result is a success or a failure. They need maximum support of all Nigerians to succeed and I believe the sky is the limit for them to explore,” he said.