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Nigeria’s footballers good but lack structures – U.K. Scout

Lagos – A Director in Diamond Sports Academy (DSM),U.K. Cem Sagar, says that Nigeria has abundant football talents but lack structures and organisation to expose them to the right clubs.

STRATEGISING . . . Nigeria’s U-20 footballers mapping a new strategy during a training session ahead of their clash against England today in Armenia, Colombia in a FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16 match. Photo: AFP

Sagar, a world football governing body, FIFA agent, made the assertion in an interview at the DSM football trials in Lagos.

NAN reports that DSM, U.K. in partnerships with Ezeani Football Academy, Nneni, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra recently conducted football trials at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

The one week football trials hosted players from across Nigeria and had no fewer than 200 players jostle for a chance to eke playing time in one of the clubs affiliated to DSM in England.

The trials aimed at scouting for budding talents from Nigeria, was however declared successful by the Europeans football scouts.

Sagar said that Nigeria was blessed with talented footballer but lack organisation to fit them into the requirements and standards in Europe.

“It’s not in doubt that Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents but what is lacking is organisation. I think there should be better organisation from what I have seen.

“I really think the organisation is poor because the talent is there, so they really need to improve on the organisation of the game.

“We are looking at all the attributes of the players and the abilities as well. How far a player can go will depend on the player and his ambition.

“Every player is different and what every team is looking for is also different. The stakes are not the same,’’ he said.

Sagar, said that with his assessment, Nigeria has more players in the defence and central midfield, adding that he was much impressed with the quality of players in those department.

“On my assessment, we have been watching eight teams playing among themselves and we are looking for players with strength that is what we are looking for.

“We want to take them to Europe as a project. These players are young and they will have to come in as projects. They will have their careers planned.

“We will give targets, work on what they need to work on. I am in particular impressed with the central midfield players. We have found some good central midfield too.

“I am disappointed with the strikers in this tournament, I was expecting more, but we’ve got left footed players but playing in the midfield,’’ he said.


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