Corruption hindering grassroots football –FIFA agent
By Femi Atolagbe
A FIFA Licensed Football Agent, Olarewaju Moyero has identified corruption as a major impediment to grassroots football development in the country.
He said until the vice is stopped, Nigeria may not have an headway in developing the round leather game.
Moyero stated this in Akure, at the inaugural Ondo State Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Parley.
He added that Football Administrators should encourage talents to flourish without unnecessary consideration, which he said was the reason some of our best players failed trial overseas.
“How do you want a player that has at the back of his mind that his family house had gone to perform in oversea trial, such player has been demoralised, so you cannot get the best from such a player.”
He said: “To play a raw talent with a bright potential in the national team in Nigeria, you need to rub hands,oil some people’s palm irrespective of how good the player is, failure which they will not allow such talent to fly.”
He however advised players not to make travelling abroad their priority, adding that their career could be developed in the country with good agents.
The Proprietor of Moyero FC, explained why he took his club to participate in the maiden edition of the Bet9ja Football League in Ekiti, saying he did that to make a ‘statement’ to the Ondo State Football Association (FA).
He added that Ondo FA needed to start seeing other clubs in the state as contemporaries to Sunshine Stars FC and not only to promote the government-owned club alone.
“Ondo FA see private football club as their enemy, what we did was to send message to Ondo State Football Association that in as much as they are are not ready to encourage private clubs.
“Not until when we begin to develop the culture of allowing the underrated clubs to raise their head, football will not move both at the national level and the state.