NFF Reveals It’s New Scouting Strategy For Golden Eaglets

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Gusau has revealed a new format for selecting players for the national U- 17 team – the Golden Eaglets.

Gusau, made this known during the One-Day FIFA Talent Development Program held in Abuja on Thursday, where he stated that there will be U-17 tournaments from the states to zonal to national levels which will be used as platforms to scout and recommend players for National U-17 team, unlike how it was done in the past.

“Before NFF will invite any child to the National U-17 camp, we must know the ability of the child, whether he is capable or not,” Gusau said.

“This can only happen through the various U-17 tournaments that will be organised from the states to zonal and the national.

“We are going to select U-17 players from these developmental tournaments across Nigeria.

“Also the youth tournaments from NLO and the NPFL. The NPFL will organise youth tournaments for their U-17 teams and that is how the NFF will select talented young Nigerian footballers to play for the National U-17 teams.

“If you hear that the NFF will be organising U-17 developmental tournaments in your states and you have talented young footballers, make sure they participate because that is the only place we will identify them.

“NFF will not admit any kid on the invitation to come to Abuja without participating and getting recommendations from these tournaments,” he concluded.

Presently, thousands of young talented Nigerian footballers usually gatecrash at the FIFA goal project at the Package B of the Moshood Abiola national stadium for screening for the Golden Eaglets.

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