He said this during the 14th edition of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB)’s Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023) on Tuesday in Abuja.
“The negative impact of the dearth of our domestic league and clubs is what we see in the weakness of our Super Eagles and other national teams.
“In the past, we pick our national team players from our domestic league, Okala from Rangers, Odegbami from ICC Shooting Stars among others, “he said.
“Now we are picking from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, we must return to our domestic league and rebuild our league and bring our boys.
“That process is ongoing through the Interim Management Committee (IMC) it may seem to be slow but we have taken that strong decision to rebuild the domestic league, “he said.
Dare said that there was a dire need to rebuild the domestic league to bring in talented Nigerians that are committed to showcasing their talents.
The minister said that Nigerians playing in the foreign leagues are also Nigerians, but that we need to build a strong domestic league.
He said that the recently constituted 13-man Interim Management Committee (IMC) is saddled with running and rebranding the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
The IMC is saddled with the responsibility of the management of the NPFL and working on the legal framework and commercialisation of the League.