Abuja – The National Sports Commission (NSC) is putting together a retreat on sustaining Nigeria’s performance at the FIFA Under 17 World Championship held in the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
The Golden Eaglets defeated Mexico, the defending champions, 3-0 in the final to lift the FIFA U-17 trophy in the UAE.
A statement issued by Mr Julius Ogunro, Special Assistant on Media to the Sports Minister, said the retreat would help the NSC fashion out a blueprint for sustaining Nigeria’s performance at age-grade competition.
He said the retreat would also focus on providing the right orientation for the victorious Golden Eaglets on their career progress.
“The Cross Rivers State Government will host the retreat taking place in Calabar on Dec. 20.
“Participants will be drawn from the NSC, Nigeria Football Association, business community, ex-footballers and other sports stakeholders,’’ he said.
According to Ogunro topics to be discussed at the retreat include, developing the Right Social Skills, the ABC of Football Contracts, the Attitude for Success, Image and Media Management and Financial Management.
Ogunro quoted the Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, as saying that the retreat was essential to document the strategies that ensured the country’s success at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
He said the documentation would be for future purpose.
“It is necessary to properly guide the young players to make the right career decisions.
“I am sure this is the first time we are having this kind of retreat after a successful outing after a major championship.
“We want to provide these young boys with the knowledge which would help them make the right career choice,” Ogunro quoted Abdullahi as saying. (NAN)