Former Liverpool defender, Dietman Hamann has advised Nigerian football authorities to focus on youth development as a way of raising the standard of the game in the country.
Hamann said in a two day football clinic organised by Standard Chatered Bank in Lagos that once youth development is taken seriously, youths will start learning the basics of the game at an early age which will help them when they grow up.
"It is good to start football when you are so young. It helps to make the player know all the basics so that when he grows up, he will not be lacking in any area," said Hamann.
"Nigerian footballers should start from an early age. This is because they will not lack in any area when it is time to take the game serious.
"The authorities should find a way of raising the awareness early in the game because when youths know what they are supposed to know early in life, everything becomes easy for them when they are matured.
"That is why I want to commend the initiative of Standard Chatered Bank for the two day clinic for young boys. You can be sure that in few years to come, these young boys will become great footballers.
"Standard Chatered Bank has done well to initiate this kind of program and many more football clinics should be organised so that budding talents can be discovered," the German said.
Standard Chatered Bank revealed that the coaching clinic will be an annual event to help youths realise their potentials early in the game.