As the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL/LALIGA) under-15 club football competition gets to semi-final stage, the leadership of League Management Company (LMC) has expressed satisfaction with the successes so far recorded in the grassroots/talent hunt programme.
Chairman of LMC, Mallam Shehu Dikko, who spoke on Thursday in Abuja stated that since 2016 when a collaborative partnership between NPFL and La Liga managers were instituted, over 100 young players have been discovered with scores of coaches trained.
Dikko who is the 2ndvice President of Nigeria Football Federation said with the achievement recorded already, the future holds more for Nigerian football and the country’s apex soccer league in particular.
According to the LMC Boss, virtually every club in the NPFL could boost of the impact of the grassroots competition.
He said: “Most of the clubs including Kano Pillars, Enyimba, Kwara United, Katsina United, Ifeanyi Ubah among others have young players who are products of our under-15 programme in the past three years.
“The under-15 competition which happens annually will be sustained. Much as we are beginning to see the benefits, the future gains and effect will be more. Everyone now sees how the young ones are being injected into main team and they are doing quite well.
“The products of this programme are currently part of the Golden Eaglets in Tanzania where the AFCON under-17 event is taking place.”
Also speaking, La Liga Ambassador and ex-international Mutiu Adepoju said both the organisers of Spanish league giants and NPFL were sincerely committed towards ensuring that football development was sustained,
In the semi-final matches scheduled on Friday, Kwara United United will trade tackle with Delta Force while Katsina United face Sunshine Stars at the FIFA goal pitch, inside package B of Abuja National stadium.