NFF To Take Charge Of Golden Eaglets Contracts

The president of the  Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has revealed the NFF would take charge of the Golden Eaglets contracts. 

The Golden Eaglets won the  FIFA U-17 World Cup in November defeating Mali in the final.

Golden Eaglets celebrate after defeating Mexico in the semi-final of the U-17 world cup

Speaking to The Punch newspaper, Pinnick revealed the legal department of the NFF have begun work on contracts of the players which would be beneficial to the players and their parents.

Pinnick lamented times past when agents took advantage of players in previous Eaglets squad, using them to gain contracts which would not be beneficial to family members of the players.

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Pinnick told our correspondent that the legal department of the federation has begun work so that the players and their parents would be the major beneficiaries of their contracts rather than the agents.

He said: “We are going to monitor these players and the contracts being thrown at them. The major beneficiaries must be the players and their parents and not agents who selfishly sign these kids away and then abandon them. The family has to be beneficiaries and of the FA — the custodians of the game in Nigeria.

“While the players get quality contracts, the NFF must ensure that they are in the right places because these players can form the bulk of the Super Eagles in a few years to come. So gone are the days when they were left to their fates and then they end up in Hong Kong or Burma where they get nothing financially and also become useless to Nigerian football.

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He continued: “Yes, we cannot breach their rights and stop them from travelling but we will religiously monitor where they go, who is taking them there and what they are signing. People are already calling them and it is our duty to protect them and build a future for Nigerian football.

“We are all witnesses to what has happened to some of these players in the past. We cannot afford to produce world champions and five years down the line none is playing for the national team and you cannot point to a credible club where any of them is playing. This has to stop; we are asking these funny agents to please stay away.”

In a related development, 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup Most Valuable Player, KelechiNwakali has signed with the representatives of Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale to manage his career.

Bale is managed by Steller sport management group and it is headed by sport agent Jonathan Barnett and David Manasseh.

Some of the stellar names on the management team’s roaster includes: Joe Hart, Luke Shaw, Connor Wickham, Jonjo Shelvey, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Nedum Onuoha and Carlton Cole.


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