Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: FA Boss Blames Poor Planning for Nation's Football Failure

The Chairman of the FCT Football Association, Musa Talle has identified improper planning as the bane of football development in the country.

Talle, who stated this at a reception held in Abuja to receive the victorious FCT U-13 team that won the 2012 NFF U-13 Football Competition, argued that if genuine attention is paid to the development of the game from the grassroots, Nigeria has the potentials of wining any football tournament in the world.

He said that the success recorded by the FCT team at the national competition was as a result of adequate planning which yielded dividend after only one year.

"During the National U-13 football competition held in December last year, many of my colleagues wondered how FCT was able to raise a formidable team that surmounted the opposition from other participating states to emerged champions. I want to say that this was achieved by a long term planning which manifested with the understanding we had with the FOSLA Academy set by the former President of NFF Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi.

"In that collaboration, the FCT FA assists the Academy in organizing its annual FOSLA Academy U-13 football competition involving the six Area Councils in FCT. Talented players spotted at the championship are offered scholarship to further their education at the FOSLA Academy located in Karshi, Abuja, while, at the same time playing their football. "This relationship, which started only in 2011, yielded positive result last year, when the bulk of the players that excelled at the NFF National U-13 Football competition were picked from the Academy.

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