The minister for youth and sports development, Solomon Dalung has warned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to stop selling players in the national U-23 team to European clubs, Vanguard reports.
The minister warned that players’ interests should be considered first, before players are issued international transfer certificates.
“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,” he stated.
"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," he said.
It was also reported that the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick has been informed of the matter. [article_adwert]