Lagos - Teslim Fatusi, a member of the Atlanta ‘96
Olympic team, on Wednesday tasked proprietors of football academies to
take advantage of the enormous talents at the grassroots, to enhance the
Fatusi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that football
academies had contributed positively to the growth of the sport, over
He noted that some of the players that had represented the country at
international competitions in the past were discovered from various
academies in the country.
"This country is blessed with abundant talents in football. The
owners of football academies are expected to tap these budding talents
for future purposes.
"All over the world, football academies are used as a benchmark for
talent discovery. Most of the players that have represented this country
at the international level came from the academies,” he said.
Fatusi also implored proprietors of the academies to desist from
exploiting their players, saying that it was not good for the
development of the sport.
He, therefore, urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to
collaborate with the existing academies in the country.