Daniel Amokachi, Special Assistant to the President on Sports, on Tuesday said that the Federal Government was poised to improve sports and sporting activities in the country.
It was reported that Amokachi made the remarks during the flag-off of a grassroots talent hunt programme tagged “Next Naija Football Super Star” in Abuja.
The grassroots programme is a reality TV show aimed at creating a viable platform for budding grassroots talent in Nigeria and beyond.
The ex-international said that the government was trying its best in the area of sports to ensure that youths are positively engaged.
“I am proud to say that we have a President, a Minister of Sports and a Senate President who loves sports and have been trying as much as possible to create alot of platforms where the youths can benefit.
“That’s why our number one priority is to make sports business, because if it is not business, then we will just be wasting our time,” he said.
He also hailed the organisers of the grassroots programme, adding that it was a project any football loving personality would be proud to be associated with.
“We are living in a society where our football has degenerated to a pitiable and unenviable state.
“We have one million and one talented football players in this country who are anxious to get a platform to showcase what they have and I think this is an opportunity for them.
“When you talk about football talents, Nigeria is in the top three, only after Brazil and Argentina.
“But because we are not productive in the sense that football or sports is not run as a serious business in Nigeria that is why we don’t get the desired results.
“It is, however, good to see a young group of people who see the benefits of investing in talents, coming together and organising a grassroots programme where young footballers can showcase what they have,”he said.
The ex-international advised the young and upcoming football talents to remain steadfast and focused, if they must achieve their dreams of a better future for them and their families.
“You must be disciplined, focused and determined. If you have these three important qualities it will definitely help in propeling you towards achieving your dreams.
“You must also look inwards. It is not just focusing on going abroad in search of a better life.
“We have the Nigeria Nationwide League (NNWL), Nigeria National League (NNL) and the Nigeria Professional League (NPFL).
“I believe with the talents I have seen being showcased here today, most of them will easily make it into our local leagues and gradually make a name for themselves,” he said.