World football governing body, FIFA has said countries must develop their football clubs to secure the future of the game.
FIFA instructor, Brendon Menton made the submission while giving a Goodwill message at the opening ceremony of the “Win in Africa with Africa” administration and Management course at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday.
“Clubs are the basic unit of football and we need them to be strong.”
He said the course was unique among others as FIFA put much priority on quality administration.
“Until we have good administration, investment in football would not be gotten.”
Mr. Menton who is one of the the instructors in the programme noted that “performance programme will be targeted at nations that are willing to change and Nigeria is one of the counteries.”
South Africa’s connection
The FIFA Instructor revealed that the programmes were financed with the fund it made from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“It is from the financial success of the World Cup that the programme is designed.”
He added that “FIFA spends a lot on its development programme and ‘Win in Africa with Africa’ is a reward for the 2010 World Cup.”
While revealing that FIFA has other dvelopmental programmes in the African continent, noting that Nigeria must show appreciation by adopting all the changes that will be recommended at the end of the programme.
“There is need to source for the backing of the NFF and NPL to implement the change.”
NFF pledge supports
While speaking during the programme, the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alh Aminu Maigari pledged the Federation’s continuous support to developmental programme that will help improve the game.
He noted that training will enact new standards that will move Nigeria’s football to greater height.
Alh Maigari charged the participants to go back and impact what they would have learnt to improve their respective clubs.
30 club administrators and NFF officials are participating in the FIFA course that will end on 7th of July 2012.