Abuja - Tunji Babalola, the secretary of the League Management Committee (LMC), on Tuesday in Abuja called on national football team coaches to endeavour to watch matches in the domestic leagues.
Babalola said this would help in discovering valuable football talents.
"I am appealing to the national team coaches, like those in the under-20 and under-23 teams, to always come around to watch such local competitions.
"This will help them to be able to discover talents,’’ he said after watching a 2013 FCT League match at the Area 3 Sports Complex in Abuja.
The football administrator said top flight clubsides in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), which the LMC organises, could also benefit from the pool of players from the local league.
Babalola said his advice was because he was impressed with some of the players he had seen so far in the competition.
He however acknowledged the efforts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Football Association (FA) in putting up the local football league.
"I want to appreciate the efforts of the FCT FA because it has created an avenue for players to showcase themselves and improve on their talents,’’ the LMC secretary said.
He however advocated a return to the grassroots for a proper development of the football sport in Nigeria.
"If we want to go far in football, we have to start from the grassroots,’’ Babalola added.
The LMC secretary however pointed out that sponsorship had been the major challenge facing the association.
"Sponsorship has been the challenge facing the association, because up till now there are no sponsors for the competition.
"There are no pitch panels at the venue of the matches, which shows that there are no sponsors yet for the competition. This is not good for it,’’ he said.
The 2013 FCT League began on August 19 and is presently in the second round billed to end Tuesday, September 17.