Following the elimination of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets at the ongoing U-17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare has called for a total review of the country’s football administration at all levels.
He made this known via his twitter handle while insisting that timely payment of salaries and allowances are crucial and vital to performance and well-being of both coaches and players.
“Nigeria’s performance at the U -17 World Cup calls for a review. Indeed, our football administration at all levels calls for a review. We must exact greater responsibility from those charged with our football administration. Timely payment of salaries and allowances vital,” he said.
The Minister also charged those tasked with administering football in Nigeria at all levels to be up and doing in discharging their duties.
“We will work with not just the NFF but other federations to embrace best standards and practices in sports administration. We must exert greater responsibility from those charged with our sports administration. Government is working on leveraging private funding for sports development,” he said.
The Eaglets showed their intent to regain the title won last in 2015 by winning their first two group B matches against Hungary and Ecuador but surprisingly lost their last group match to Australia.
The five-time champions finally exited the world youth championship when crumbled to a 1-3 loss to the Netherlands who reached the Round of 16 as one of the best losers.