Abuja - Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has restricted the Nigeria Football Federation from transferring players of the National U23 Team to foreign clubs without proper ‘developmental framework’.
The Dream Team, coached by Samson Siasia, recently won the U23 AFCON trophy in Senegal and also booked a ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The minister, who was unhappy after receiving reports of illegal transfer of players at the NFF, directed that international transfer certificate (ITC) should not be issued without serving the interest of the player.
Dalung said that it was unfortunate that the young players who had brought glory to the country after winning the African U-23 championship in Senegal and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile were being sold out to clubs without the players understanding of the contract they were being made to sign.
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“It has come to my knowledge that these young players who are the source of our pride in world football are currently being subjected to harassment and manipulation of signing for clubs without them even understanding the content of the contract.
“Therefore, I have directed the NFF which has the authority to grant licenses of these players to refrain from endorsing any of these slave transactions without a clear framework that follows the due process required for such contracts.
“It will amount to moral suicide if we sit and watch the future of these young players not only being traded but also negotiated in the interest and benefit of some selfish agents and football officials. Any of such purported transactions that violate not only laid down procedures but player’s rights to choose, will not be recognized,” said Dalung.
The minister urged agents and players who intend to play elsewhere to get appropriate clearance of which the Sports Ministry will be part of the process.
The statement also reveals that NFF President Amaju Pinnick, has been communicated on the development.
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