President of world football governing body FIFA, Gianni Infantino has promised to visit Nigeria in a few weeks. The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick who disclosed this during the weekend said that the date of the visit of the FIFA President will be communicated in a few days.
The visit follows illuminating sessions with the leaders of the Nigeria Football Federation at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City. During the visit, FIFA President, Mr Infantino will pay a courtesy call on President Buhari. He will also attend the finals of the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship, before spending an evening with Corporate Nigeria and an interactive session with other African FA Presidents who are expected to be in Nigeria to receive him.
Amaju Pinnick said:
“The FIFA President says Nigeria is a big country and a massive footballing nation that should help with the new FIFA leadership’s drive to truly develop the game. He is excited about our various capacity –building and youth development programs and that is why he is coming to watch the NFF/ZENITH Bank Championship finals.
“He sees a lot of potentials and dynamism in the current NFF leadership and says he would love to work with the NFF for the general development of the game.”
Meanwhile, in related news, the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has accused Amaju Pinnick and the leadership of NFF of turning Nigeria’s football into a war zone. This comes as a reaction to a legal battle between the two over who should be recognized as the president of the Federation. In a seemingly inexpedient move, both factions banned each other from football-related activities for a minimum of five years.
Mr Dalung posted on his facebook page:
“Nothing united us as sports especially football, but that was then.
But nothing divides us currently like football. The struggle for the glass house has converted the place into another Nigerian Syria, where terrorists’ war style is mobilized to liquidate perceived enemies.”