The ten-year Football Development Masterplan Committee was inaugurated by Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Ibrahim Galadima and former national team stars Segun Odegbami and Sunday Oliseh were the biggest names in the Nigerian Football Development Masterplan Committee inaugurated in Abuja on Thursday.
The Minister said the Committee, which will have Galadima, Odegbami and Oliseh working with others to develop a golden blueprint for Nigerian football will have twelve weeks to work at the first instance but could be extended if the need arises.
Ibrahim Galadima is the chairman of the Committee while Yemi Idowu, a sports entrepreneur is the vice chairman. The Director of Grassroots in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr Bode Durotoye will serve as the Secretary of the Committee and will be assisted by the former General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF), Barrister Musa Amadu will be the Assistant Secretary.
Other members of the committee include; NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, another former Nigerian football star Emmanuel Babayaro,, respected women football advocate and promoter, Alhaja Ayo Omidiran, top sports journalists, Ikeddy Isiguzo and Ade Ojeikere. Also serving on the committee are Augustine Ojiabor, John Opubor and Tony Nnachetta.
In the meantime, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare says the Federal Government, through the Sports Ministry and the Nigeria Football Federation are on the same page regarding the development of football in Nigeria.
Dare stated this on Thursday at the inauguration of the Ten Year Football Development Masterplan Committee at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
The Minister said, “Those who are insinuating that the newly inaugurated Committee will work at cross purposes with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are so far from the truth.
“This committee is a Presidential assignment and the NFF are also working for the good of the game in Nigeria so we are on the same page,” he said.