Establish Academy To Guide Eaglets, Disu Urges NFF

Tunde Disu, an ex-International footballer, on Monday urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to establish an academy for the victorious U-17 players to develop their skills.

Disu spoke on Monday in Lagos that the academy would help to nurture the players for the future.

He said that he was overwhelmed with the performance of the team, stressing that they proved to be the best in the just concluded U-17 world cup.

“I am also very happy about the victory of our boys at the just concluded U-17 world cup held in Chile.

“I also want to specially congratulate the head coach of the team, Emmanuel Amuneke and the NFF for the victory against Mali in the final.

“The president of our dear country is not left out because he has done well by encouraging the boys and I also ask that the support should continue,’’ Disu said.

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He urged the NFF to monitor the affairs of the team so as to keep them in form.

“Well, I know that scouts from some of our big clubs will be around to get these boys, so the NFF needs to help them.

“The NFF should tutor them on contract negotiation because these clubs will want to cheat them in signing them because they are under age.

“I know that the scouts will begin to come for the boys,’’ Disu said.

He advised the Eaglets to be dedicated in whatever they do, and not to compare themselves to members of the national teams at higher levels.

“Now that they are doing well, they should never compare themselves to the U-20 or even the U-23 because their standard is higher.

“They should also work to be better so that one day, they will play in the senior team,’’ he said.