By Jude Opara
Former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia has warned that Nigerian football may struggle if no drastic action was taken to ensure the development of the sport at the grassroots.
Siasia who is also the proprietor of SiaOne Soccer Academy told The Authority Sports in a chat that the surest way of boosting the nation’s talent bank is by developing school sports like was obtainable in the past.
The former Nigerian international gave an example of the situation where people who were well over aged were taking part in the screening exercises of some age group national teams.
He therefore challenged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to liaise with the ministries of Sports and Education to revive the college football championships to ensure that players were truly discovered while they were still young.
“Grassroots is the way to go and without that, there is no way for our football to grow. In fact if we don’t start today to begin to put in place measures that will help us to recruit players from the scratch, in the next 10 years we may find it difficult to get quality players.
“I have watched some of the screening of the age group competitions and honestly most of the boys there are over-aged but they have to start from somewhere.
“We must go back to school sports like in the mode of what Channels is doing. Interestingly, once you identify a talented player from the school, nobody can manipulate his age again, if we don’t begin now, we may regret it in future.”