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What Has Happened To Nigerias' Youth Football Teams And The Way Forward by robosky02(m): 8:36pm On Nov 23, 2023
What has happened to Nigerias' Youth footballteams and the way forward


The Nigeria national U-17 football team known as the Golden Eaglets, is the youngest team that represents Nigeria in football.

The team is the most successful in international football for their age group winning a record, five FIFA U-17 World Cup titles and are runners up on three occasions.

They are also two-time Africa U-17 Cup of Nations champions with their most recent title at the 2007 edition.


However in the recent past the team has become a shadow of themselves. Having fallen so backward that they can't even qualify for the U17 world cup.

In the past the NFF has national u13, u15, and u17 teams through their development program. Which serves as the breeding ground for the U20, 23 and the national team Super Eagles.

The last I can remember of such program, was the set that produce the like of Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukweze, Nwakalis etc

I can also remember a certain Femi Opabunmi who from 2001 U17 team made the Super Eagles world Cup team to Korea/Japan 2002 world cup.

In Africa the teams that could contend with Nigeria was Ghana, Mali and some few others

But today we can't even stand them

Currently at the U17 world cup you need to see the Malians

See their results


Mali πŸ‡²πŸ‡± U17 team has progresses to the quarter-final of the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup after thrashing Mexico πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ 5-0.

Below is the highlight of their matches so far:

Mali πŸ‡²πŸ‡± 3-0 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ Uzbekistan
Spain πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ 1-0 πŸ‡²πŸ‡± Mali
Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ 1-5 πŸ‡²πŸ‡± Mali
Mali πŸ‡²πŸ‡± 5-0 πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ Mexico.

The young Eagles of Mali have scored 13 goals and conceded 2 in 4 games so far.


I remember when Osimhen set had to beat them and win the U17 world cup. Today they have continued and become a force

Why we need to return to grassroot football development

1. It is our stronghold at the global stage

2. It eliminate or reduce age cheating drastically at least we saw Iheanacho grow through the ranks

3. It reduces our dependency on diasporal players. We can't be begging players other countries develop to come play for us. Of course that's the reason most times they're not passionate.

4. It produce the feeder teams for our national teams and even our league.

5. It helps to nurture the abundant talents at home and give them the needed exposures to kick start their careers.

Dear NFF let's get back to the basics.
In the recent place of things we have seen how Morocco and South Africa have developed their football focusing on Youth Development, infrastural development and domestication of football locally. Of course we are seeing the results


By Robosky02

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Re: What Has Happened To Nigerias' Youth Football Teams And The Way Forward by robosky02(m): 8:58pm On Nov 23, 2023
Nigeria football shall be back again

Re: What Has Happened To Nigerias' Youth Football Teams And The Way Forward by robosky02(m): 7:18am On Nov 24, 2023
Even the women's game needs attention.


Imagine Morocco and South Africa coming up very strong

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