There must be conscious efforts by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to build the capacity of the coaches as well as give quality attention to youth development for the country to regain its place among the top football playing nations, said Piet de Jong, who is one of the resource persons at the five-day coaching course organized by Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) in collaboration with Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) concluded in Lagos.
De Jong, an instructor with KNVA, remarked it was obvious that Nigeria is endowed with quality personnel in terms of coaching, but said that the Nigeria Football Federation must coordinate them to bring out the best in them.
“I think one of the things lacking is teaching young players the basics and this can be driven by the NFF by ensuring the structure is there for coaching and selection of players for the various nations’ teams. There must be master plan in terms of coaching and selection of players because Nigeria has a large population and it is the organization of this that will ensure the best is selected.
“Also, the NFF must be ready to work with schools to ensure that the players are identified when they are still young from their various schools. For us, we believe Nigeria has the prospects of being one of the best footballing nations in the world but the structure must be right from the youth development program,” he said.
The training, hosted at the state-of-the art sports facility of Greensprings School in Lagos, had 30 coaches drawn from across the country in attendance.