FIFA President To Visit Nigeria


FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, will be visiting Lagos later this July a two-day working visit where he will meet senior football association leaders from across Africa.

On Sunday, July 10, Infantino met with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick in Paris, France where he confirmed the visit.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday said the President of World football governing body accompanied by new FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura, will arrive in Abuja on 24 July and will meet President Muhammadu Buhari and “a legion of African FA presidents”.

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NFF President, Pinnick says the FIFA president will also meet with Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode during his visit on the second day and also attend an evening session with Corporate Nigeria in Lagos.

The FIFA president will attend the finals of the NFF/ZENITH Bank Future Eagles Championship before attending a welcome dinner organised by the League Management Company (LMC).

The tournament is a youth development programme for U13s and U15s which started just this year, with the final to be held in early June.

According to Pinnick, Infantino 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.

Pinnick says he is excited about our various capacity-building and youth development programs which is why he is coming to watch the NFF/ZENITH Bank Future Eagles Championship finals.

The NFF president adds that Infantino 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.

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This would be the FIFA president’s second visit to Africa since being elected in Ferbruary. His previous visit, in March, was to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Gabon.