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Minister charges NFF to develop indigenous leagues

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Monday, charged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to lend their support in developing the domestic leagues in the country.

Dare, who made this call when he received the triumphant U20 National team in the recently held WAFU Zone B championship in Niamey, Niger Republic, added that the future of football is in the hands of the young generation.

The Sports Minister, keen on sustaining the feat on all sides of the sport, expressed that only by developing our indigenous leagues can such a vision be attained. The Trumpet Gathered

Furthermore, he reiterated that the Ministry under his leadership will continue to provide all the necessary support that is needed to boost the growth of our indigenous leagues.

“I want you to maintain the same level of discipline on all sides,” Dare said on receiving the triumphant Flying Eagles led by NFF Secretary-General, Sanusi Mohammed.

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“The future of football is in the hands of these young ones and we must do all to ensure it remains the same.

“One way is to ensure that is the rebirth of our leagues and give it the quality it desires.

“This is the only way we can have players who will go on to play for Super Eagles as well as top clubs in Europe.

“We will continue to work and support you were necessary and I must say that I am proud of what you have done,” he added.

In response to the Minister’s charge, NAN reportedly stated that Mohammed Sanusi lauded the call and appreciated Dare’s efforts in ensuring all teams, not limited to any, are improved on all sides.

He said, “In a meeting, the Minister once had with the NFF board, he challenged us to ensure that we focus on other teams as well alongside the Super Eagles.

“That challenge has been in our minds and that is what we have seen today in the Flying Eagles team.

“The team left days earlier to Niger Republic ahead of the event and participated in friendly matches, which helped them acclimatise and better prepared for the tournament.

“This team has worked hard and I am happy to present them to you and Nigerians,” Sanusi added.

The Trumpet reports that the U20 Nigeria team whose player Daniel Daga picked up two man of the match awards in four games, qualified alongside Benin Republic, for the U20 African Cup of Nation in Egypt next year.

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