A Federation of International Football Association, FIFA-licensed football agent Shina Philips has said that Nigeria has not been able to produce players for great European clubs and other parts of the world in recent times because the nation has dumped its grassroots football culture.

Philips noted that in the past sports administrators discovered talents from grassroots championships like the Principal Cup, inter-house sports and other youth competitions, adding that the structure in place in the 70s and 80s gave youths the opportunity to display their talents in less tensed atmosphere.

He added that grassroots’ games earned the players invitation to the junior national teams, which pave the way for them to get lucrative contracts abroad.

He said, however in recent times, the neglect of grassroots football development has thrown up ill-equipped players, who see the game as a means of escaping poverty.