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Disu Decries Approach To Football Development

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

Lagos – Taju Disu, former Flying Eagles star has decried Nigeria’s approach to youth football development, calling for a total overhaul of the system.

Disu, who featured for the Flying Eagles in 1983, speaking on a television sports programme monitored in Lagos on Thursday said that, until the professionals were put in place to manage the game there would be no meaningful development.

According to him, “Youth football programme is done through school and that is where the right age is captured; they graduate among themselves with good understanding to the senior level.”

However, he believes, “But, the important thing is that the right people must be assigned to manage the process; people who know something about football or sport not those who come for selfish reason.”

Disu, who was in the Nigerian squad that won a youth tournament in Denmark and Brazil in the early ‘80s lamented, “Those who manage Nigerian football or sport today have no business being there because they only care for their pocket while the players and the officials are suffering.”

He said that, “Since the era of the Isaac Akioye, Sonny Dakaro, Patrick Okpomo among others Nigeria is yet to have good sports administrator, who have the passion for the game and its development.”

On involving the corporate world, he said, “Sponsors are willing to invest, but that is when the right people are in place; for now, they are afraid, they don’t trust the people there.”

On Nigeria coaches, the former Abiola Babes midfielder said, “It is unfortunate Nigerian coaches are not respected by the system. The system prefers the white coach who it can do business with at the detriment of the game.”

Disu, who managed Gateway FC of Abeokuta to the premier League some seasons ago concluded that Nigerian coaches were very good, but that they cannot perform when they were not well treated.

“The coaches and players are not paid their salaries and allowances and you expect them to perform, it is not possible,” he concluded.