FIFA President Gianni Infantino has hailed the unique football passion by Nigerians even as he has advocated for greater unity and stab...
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has hailed the unique football passion by Nigerians even as he has advocated for greater unity and stability among the populace.
The FIFA supremo who is on a two-day working visit to the country called Nigeria ‘a great country in a great continent,’ adding that he has been wowed in this maiden visit.
“I was impressed coming from the airport on Sunday and seeing so many kids playing football on both sides of the road. That shows Nigerians not only love football, they live football,” the FIFA boss stated
He added: “There is great passion and great tradition, but there is need for unity and stability. I was elected on pledges of reforms, transparency and to develop the game.
“I am happy that Ms Samoura accepted to be Secretary General and the Executive Council endorsed her, because her choice said something for inclusion, gender equality, diversity and the future that we promise.”
On his part, NFF President Amaju Pinnick reiterated that the visit, the first time that both the FIFA President and Secretary General would travel together on a non –football competition assignment, underscored the reckoning that Nigeria football commands globally.
He acknowledged the role of the National Assembly in re-defining Nigeria football development, saying that peace is key to true growth.
He also recalled that months ago, the first football match was played in Maiduguri after a long time, with a huge crowd at the stadium boldly proclaiming the power of football to enable ceasefire even in war situations.
Gianni Infantino and Secretary-General Fatma Samoura met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.
They were accompanied by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick.
Infantino had earlier met with the leadership of the National Assembly.
|SP Bukola Saraki and FIFA SG Fatma Samoura|
After meeting with the President, Infantino and Samoura moved to the National Stadium Abuja to kick off an exhibition match between Abuja U-13 and Enugu U-13.
|L-R: Solomon Dalung, Victor Ikpeba, Infantino and Amaju Pinnick|
Earlier in the day, the FIFA President and Secretary General inspected the new NFF headquarters (Sunday Dankaro House) located at the Package B of the National Stadium.