The future seems bright for footballers playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

There have been issues of rightful owner of players as clubs battle among themselves, especially when the footballer gets a transfer deal from a European club. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, FIFA is holding a two-day workshop in Abuja to fully connect the Nigeria Football Federation to the very key FIFA Connect system of registration of football players and officials.

FIFA officials Hannes Thies and Elizabeth Eastman are joined at the Boardroom of the LMC in Maitama, Abuja by NFF’s Club Licensing Officer Nasiru Jibril and Assistant Director (Legal), Barrister Okey Obi, with a number of officials from the various Leagues and also from Clubs across the federation.

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“Players from the age of 10, in schools, football academies, amateur and professional Clubs are all eligible for registration by the NFF. The platform will accommodate football referees and coaches as well. State Football Associations and Regional bodies will be fully involved in the exercise since all Clubs and other Football Stakeholders are domiciled in their areas of operation. This way, we can keep track of players’ history and progression,” Jibril said.

FIFA Connect is the centralized portal for the registration of football players and other stakeholders. Once fully integrated, it means that registration of all players and other stakeholders in Nigerian Football will be done by the NFF.

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