The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has warned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to desist from selling the Nigerian U-23 and U-17 players to European clubs.
The minister gave the directive yesterday in Abuja after receiving reports that illegal transactions of players regularly takes place at the NFF.
According to him, transfer certificates should not be issued without serving the interest of the player.
Dalung stated: “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 harassment and manipulation of signing for clubs without them even understanding the content of the contract.
“Therefore, I have directed the NFF which has the authority to grant licenses of these players to refrain from endorsing any of these slave transactions without a clear framework that follows the due process required for such contracts.”
He further assured the players that the Ministry of Youth and Sports will not fold its arms to slave contracts of players without their understanding.
“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,” he said.