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Akinwunmi “Preaches” Youth Football Development

Posted: Jul 26, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor
Lagos – Seyi Akinwunmi, the Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reiterated the need for the football administrators to take youth development serious after the exit of the Flying Eagles from the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations (AFCON) billed for Zambia.
Flying Eagles crashed out of the CAf Africa U-20 Nations Cup on away goals rule after the two leg encounter ended 5-5. Nigeria had won the first leg 2-1.
He made the call against the backdrop of the Flying Eagles 3-4 loss to Sudan at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos adding that it was necessary to plan for the future.
Akinwumi said, “We will look into the key areas of youth development programme to see how we can make amend in future championship.”
Akinwunmi  saidthat the defeat was a painful in that this was the first defeat the team will suffer in the qualifying tournament.
“Every time you lose a match it is usually disappointing except blood does not run in the veins of the person.
Concluding, he lamented Nigerian would not be participating in U-20 AFCON and ultimately the World the Cup in Korea next year.
“It’s outright a bad day and unfortunate for the side to lose a game and it happens to be a crucial one.
“We lost the match to Sudan and that ends whatever hope we have at making an appearance at the 2017 U-20 AFCON in Zambia,” he said.