Finidi drops hints on how youth football can thrive in Nigeria

May 09 11:28 2020

By Henry Chijioke

Former Nigerian International, Finidi George, has reiterated that his number one priority will be to revive grassroot football in the nation, if given the mandate to serve as the head coach of either the nation’s U-17 or U-20 side.

The Rivers State born ex winger, who has been the youth coach of Real Mallorca of Spain for some years now, stated this in an exclusive chat with exclusivenews.com.ng.

Finidi, who has been working with youths at the grassroot level since his retirement from active football, maintains that grassroot football in Nigeria is almost non-existent.

He added that there is a possibility of creating a platform where young players can develop interest and competitive edge, and also encourage more local tourneys with admirable reward systems, going forward.

“Grassroot football is almost inexistent but we can create the atmosphere or platform so that young players could be interested to come out and compete, said Finidi, who is one of the applicants for National team’s job.

“I think local games could be organised whereby prices are awarded at the end of the day. We can also find talents for the future under such scheme.

The former Ajax FC of Amsterdam player also emphasized the importance of youth football academies in the country, stating that they are also custodians of talented young footballers, under normal circumstances.

“The presence of youth academies can also not be ruled out in trying to get a functional system up and running.

“Young players from youth football academies Nationwide should always form the nucleus of any system that has a vision for the future, concluded Finidi.

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