By James Agberebi:
The Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has barred the Nigeria Football Federation from facilitating the sale of players of the national U-23 team to clubs outside the country without due process.
According to his spokes person Nneka Anibeze, the Minister gave the directive in Abuja on Tuesday after receiving reports that illegal transactions of players took place regularly at the NFF.
He warned that International Transfer Certificates should not be issued without serving the interest of the player.
“It has come to my knowledge that these young players who are the source of our pride in world football are currently being subjected to harassments and manipulation of signing for clubs without them even understanding the content of the contract," Dalung said.
"Therefore, I have directed the NFF which has the authority to grant licenses of these players to refrain from endorsing any of these slavery transactions without a clear framework that follows the due process required for such contracts.
“It will amount to moral suicide if we sit and watch the future of these young players not only being traded but also negotiated in the interest and benefit of some selfish agents and football officials. Any of such purported transactions that violate not only laid down procedures but player’s rights to choose will not be recognized."