Youth and Grassroots Development Can Reposition Our Football… Finidi

April 20 21:11 2020

By Henry Chijioke

Former Nigerian International, Finidi George has identified youth and grassroot development as key factors in the repositioning of the country’s football in world map, reports.

Speaking exclusively from his base in Spain, the 1994 AFCON winner, who is also a certified UEFA A licensed coach from the Netherlands, stated that the only roadmap to returning the country’s football to its glory days, is a complete focus on youth football, adding that a nation that embraces grassroot football development, will always have players who go on to compete at the highest levels.

“Grassroot and youth football is the bedrock of any country’s football, as far as development is concerned, said Finidi, who won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam in 1995.

“A country that takes such policy serious, will never be out players and even teams that will compete at the highest levels in different categories.

Nigeria has been without major impact in youth football at the world stage since Emmanuel Amunike won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico five years ago, and the former Calabar Rovers, Iwuanyanwu Nationals, and Sharks of Port Harcourt wing wizard maintains that the country can rise up again along the various strata of youth football in the world, if We can focus on combing the country for young talents.

“We can get Nigeria back to the top of World football, if we channel our vision and focus towards scouting young talents all over the country, he said.

“When the scouted young talented players are given the opportunity to showcase what they have got, the onus now lies on the handlers and the regulators to harness the raw talents, concluded Finidi.

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