Previous Super Falcons midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, who is the Nation Director, La Liga Office in Nigeria, discusses the arrangement between the NPFL and the Spanish group in this meeting with 'TANA AIYEJINA
What are you doing right now?
I am the Nation Chief of La Liga Office in Nigeria. La Liga entered an organization with the Nigeria Proficient Football Alliance and they have a business and specialized arrangement, in which they marked a five-year contract. It will include a great deal of things: youth advancement, helping the Inside Uprooted People, playing agreeable diversions between both groups. The understanding was marked in April and the workplace is in Abuja. We as of now had a voyage through Spain by NPFL chose players, where they played amicable matches against Valencia and a four-club competition with Atletico Madrid, Malaga and Cadiz.
What are your obligations as Nation Chief of La Liga in Nigeria?
My obligation is to speak to La Liga in the nation furthermore search for circumstances and be the connection between the NPFL and La Liga. La Liga is opening to the world; they have workplaces in China, Dubai, US. It is the best class on the planet and they trust they can share their abundance of experience on how clubs can be better overseen. The perceivability and nearness of La Liga worldwide has been making things work. Football is a worldwide amusement, which is the embodiment of all these. The aim is to open workplaces in five nations in Africa. Effectively two have been opened; the African head office is in South Africa, which we answer to. It's one of the greatest and one of a kind things event to football right now.
What did the players and authorities, who were a piece of the NPFL visit to Spain in August, advantage on the trek?
They learnt a considerable measure as far as demonstrable skill. The players could see the structure of the clubs. The clubs executives were likewise brought and they went to a course. This will be done frequently; they saw the La Liga clubs' childhood advancement structure, the polished skill of the overseers, the mentality of the players. Our players could gain from the procedures and strategies of their Spanish partners. They learnt a great deal and I trust that the players who made the outing will tell the others that great things are occurring. I don't think there is any group that has done that. Indeed, even the EPL that Nigerians are so energetic about has not done that. Yet, La Liga has opened the entryway to both groups and I trust it will be of shared advantage to them two, particularly for a greater amount of our players to have the capacity to play in La Liga. The young advancement, in which La Liga has a considerable measure of projects, will help our alliance also.
A noteworthy issue in the Nigerian group is installment of compensations and remittances to club authorities and players. Will this assention help clubs fiscally to kill this issue?
The explanation behind this is there is no cash and every one of the clubs rely on upon government for financing. We as a whole know the issue, Nigeria is in retreat and cash is not pending, in spite of the fact that this issue has been on long back. This organization will help however not straightforwardly by giving the clubs cash to spend. In any case, with the structure and the way they do their promoting, I trust that our club directors will have the capacity to gain from the classes they went to and recreate that in Nigeria. La Liga will be sending club chiefs to impart their thoughts to our club administrators on the best way to get income. In the part of drilling, they will convey their mentors to instruct our childhood mentors on improvement of youthful players. It's a five-year association and I accept after it lapses, there will be an augmentation on the grounds that both sides will profit by it. At this moment, our group is enhancing and the Alliance Administration Organization is doing everything to guarantee that the clubs take after the guidelines; clubs are marking players with contracts and attempting to pay them. In the most recent three years, the LMC has done awesome things, they have offered cash to the clubs and I trust the organization will be an open entryway for more things to come.
The arrangement likewise had La Liga giving assets to a club like El Kanemi, who have had issues in view of rebellion in north-eastern Nigeria…
(Cuts in) It's the La Liga Establishment that loaned some assistance to El Kanemi. It resembles their Corporate Social Duty. It's a worldwide brand opening to the world and where there are issues, the establishment turns out to offer assistance. Soon, cash would be given to them. They are as yet chipping away at a few papers from El Kanemi, which would be sent to Spain. That is what is deferring it until further notice, however soon, it will be finished.
You had Spain for most influence of your vocation. What did La Liga guzzle in you as a man and as a footballer?
It helped me a ton. I began here in Nigeria playing for clubs and the Flying Falcons before I made a trip to Spain. When I got to Spain, I learnt more about demonstrable skill; the state of mind and character of an expert. Furthermore, that is the thing that has been conveying me from the beginning till this minute. When I was in Genuine Madrid's second group, I learnt a considerable measure under my first mentor, Vicente del Bosque. I learnt a considerable measure in the White House. I likewise played at Dashing Santander, Genuine Sociedad and I revere these clubs due to how they embraced me and took me in as a major aspect of their framework. I and my family have Spanish citizenship. Spain gave me a great deal and I accept if other Nigerian players get the chance to play there, they can pick up a ton as well.
What's the air like playing in the Bernabeu stadium?
It's one of a kind; it's what each player would love to witness. The fans are constantly over you, supporting you. Madrid are a champion club and playing there, you should show the character of a champion. You can't do less; you need to improve each season and that is the reason the fans continue supporting the players.
You never found the opportunity to play for Genuine Madrid's first group…
(Cuts in) Yes, I couldn't play for them on the grounds that exclusive three nonnatives were permitted to play for the main group then and they had such a large number of good players. Amid Radomir Joke's period, I was going to be advanced but since just three nonnatives were permitted, I couldn't soften up on the grounds that I was an outsider then. Be that as it may, I played some well disposed matches with the main group, I went to pre-season preparing with them and I learnt a considerable measure. Be that as it may, I don't lament not playing for Madrid's first group. I'm thankful to God for what I have possessed the capacity to accomplish.
African footballers think that its troublesome playing for Madrid. Is it true that they are not actually useful for the group?
It isn't so much that we are not in fact great. There have not been numerous open doors. Africans have played there before like the Diarras, Lassana and Mahamadou. In spite of the fact that Lassana played for the French national group, he has African roots, so is Karim Benzema who is with them now. However, Nigerians have not possessed the capacity to play for them. Perhaps we have to venture up our diversion to have the capacity to play in the top clubs in Spain.
There are implications that present Nigerian alliance players are not dedicated. As somebody who played in the alliance before moving to another country, do you think there is a contrast between your time and now?
There is very little distinction amongst now and when I played in the class yet what I see is that we are not moving with the time. The structure and mindset is distinctive. We comprehended what was on ground and my arrangement of players attempted to enhance ourselves, which is not happening now. Football develops however we are simply stagnant, club football is not moving. Enormous clubs like 3SC and Officers ought to have extraordinary offices at this point; these are things that ought to have been done before. They ought to have youth improvement programs so that players who came after us would gain from where we halted. However, that is not happening at this moment. What we get from the players is the means by which they are going to help their families; they are not thinking about the rudiments. That is the distinction. We learnt from the avenues the most difficult way possible. Presently we have everything, except the structure is not there.
What are the essential difficulties that you confront as Nation Supervisor, La Liga, in Nigeria?
We just began not exactly long. We don't generally have challenges. They are building the workplace and we are doing everything to push ahead. We don't have any test at this moment; there is backing from the South African office and Spain. Right now, we are attempting to set up office gear like video conferencing, so we can have live gatherings with Spain, South Africa or other La Liga workplaces around the world. We are attempting to introduce PCs also.