Former International Jonathan Akpoborie has said that the country abounds in talented grass roots footballers who need a viable platform to show their skill.
He made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.
The former Super Eagles striker commended the ongoing Glo Soccer Academy initiative, which seeks to nurture budding grassroots talents to stardom. "I watched them train and am impressed, and am not shocked because Nigeria has always had talents when it comes to football, the only thing lacking is the platform to showcase their talent.
"This is what these children need at this point in time, to give them exposure to competition, which automatically enhances their development in the field of football.
"And I want to implore us as a country to welcome things like this," he said.
Akpoborie, who was a product of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) grassroots initiative in the late 1970s and early 1980s, stressed that grassroots talents must be constantly monitored.
"We have always had talents it is just the development part that we are lacking, and something like this is good for the youths and for the country as a whole," he said.
NAN report that the Glo Soccer Academy technical team which comprises of Victor Ikpeba, Tijani Babangida, Anthony Baffor and Zion Ogunfeyinmi, which has Segun Odegbami as chief consultant.