Former Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, says what we have in Nigeria are government parastatals and businesses and not proper football clubs.
Speaking to newsmen at a press conference organised as part of activities to unveil the Osun State College of Technology Academy of Science and Sports, Oningbinde said by the FIFA statutes provision, football clubs in Nigeria can best be described as government parastatals or businesses.
FIFA has repeatedly emphasised that government should never interfere in football administration but that is what clubs in Nigeria enjoy most, said Onigbinde, who was himself was unveiled as the Academy’s brand ambassador.
Nigeria today cannot boast of any football club by FIFA standard, they’re are government parastatals or personal businesses and that is what is killing Nigerian football today.
Onigbinde, while speaking on sports development in Nigeria, said Nigeria has no policy towards sports development, that sports competitions are organised for fun rather than for the interest of development.
“We are not developing any sport in this country, including football. To be able to identify talent, we must set up a body that will analyze every competition held across the country and stop playing football for fun.
“In the opening sentence of FIFA statutes, Article 2, the objective for running football, it says, is to “improve the game of football constantly”, we have to train some people as technical analysts, assign them to every league match in this country and get report submitted to NFF”, he said.
The Rector of the college, Samson Adegoke said aside basic education, the academy will also start with games like football, volleyball, badminton, tennis and table tennis.
He also said the Academy has partnered with a foreign institution that would provide a platform for the students to have international exposure.