The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will on Thursday inaugurate 17-man committee set up to oversee development of football in the country.
The ministry set up the committee in September following the appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari to football stakeholders to produce a 10 year football development master plan for the country.
Members of the committee include ex-internationals Emmanuel Babayaro, Sunday Oliseh, Olusegun Odegbami, Ikeddy Isiguzo, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Musa Amadu, Bode Durotoye, John Opubor, Ayo Omidiran, Ogbu Ojiabor, Tobechukwu Okigbo, Ade Ojeikere, Ibrahim Galadima, Mohammed Sanusi, Tony Nnachetta, Yemi Idowu and Muhammad Daha Umar Faruk.
“On Thursday (today), a ministerial committee with the mandate to produce a 10-year football development plan for Nigeria will be inaugurated by Sunday Dare, in Abuja,” Odegbami said.
Meanwhile, formal Super Eagles coach, Oliseh has agreed to serve Nigeria on the committee.
“Pleased to confirm that I have accepted the gracious invitation by our fatherland’s President Buhari’s charge, in the company of 16 top compatriots, via our sports ministry, to produce a 10-year football development master plan for dear Nigeria. Honoured to serve Nigeria once again,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Oliseh was a Nigerian football manager and former player. In his active playing career he played as a midfielder. He is widely regarded as one of the best African midfielders of all time.
He won Olympic gold medal and Africa Cup of Nations in 1994. He played for the Super Eagles between 1993 and 2002.