Licensed football agent with the world Football governing body FIFA and players and club intermediary with the Nigeria Football Federation, the Canadian Soccer Association, the Finnish Football League and the Turkish Football League Mr Segun Ogunbayo has highlighted reasons why most European dealers do not regard African players.
In an interview with Journalists on WhatsApp group Let's Gist Naija, the licensed Football intermediary revealed that clubs abroad have lost interest in the system in Africa, adding that it is one of the reasons they tend to invite African players for trials first instead of giving them proper contracts.
Mr Segun Ogunbayo who has worked with players like Sunday Mba, Raheem Lawal, Chukwuma Akabueze, Gbolahan Salami, Azubuike Okechukwu, Hakeem Agbetu and a host of other top players brought to the fore the need to rearrange and structure the system back home to enable a swift transition for players from home to abroad.
In his words, he said "Securing a deal for a player abroad is not a big deal, if you are a talent, clubs will find you, the players are not the problem, but the thing is the issue is very institutional, these days, clubs for some crazy reasons do not trust the system in Africa except they are in the national teams or see them being exceptionally good."
"I don't like to get involved in the Nigerian football setting, people have the perception that the system doesn't promote the best so we need to change the mindset of the European dealers. Let's Promote our league with proper recording, those are the things we need to do to break the barrier".
"Our integrity is also being questioned, but we need to do more on how we present our players and our leagues, a whole lot of things we need to put in place, I believe we will definitely get there"
The FIFA licensed intermediary confirmed that putting a deal in place abroad is not difficult, but urged Nigerians to project the image of the leagues at home positively, adding that whatever we say gets to the global community and puts us at the receiving end.
He added that transparency, effective branding and adequate professionalism will further enhance a first hand relationship between Nigeria and the leagues in the diaspora
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