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Administrator Backs NFF On Players Protection

Bisi Longe, Akure

The Chairman, Technical Committee on Continental Matches for Kano Pillars, Mike Idoko, has thrown his weight behind the move by executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on the enactment of a regulation for the protection of players of the age-grade national teams.

Idoko, in an interview with The UNION in Akure, said it would be a right step in the right direction for the soccer body.

He said certain percentage must accrue to the purse of the NFF in any dealings involving players of the agegrade teams. Idoko, who supported the idea that money made from transfer of such players should be invested in the development of football at the grassroots, however advised the NFF to remember the academies that such players emerged from.

He said: “It will be a very good idea, before any player leaves the country they will be partly owned by the federation. “The entire scouting programme without getting proper clearance from the NFF will stop.

“People are abusing it because they will just bring people from Europe to collect money. The decision will be like an agreement and everyone will be happy, while the academies which the players come from should be remembered too.”

The NFF executive committee had during its meeting at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on May 13 come up with various resolutions that would be beneficial in developing the leagues across the country, as well as the national teams.

The Committee endorsed a memo for the enactment of a regulation for the protection of players of the agegrade national teams and the establishment of NFF Youth Players Development Fund.

The Legal Committee of the NFF, it was disclosed, will work out details of this after meeting with relevant stakeholders and looking through the books.

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