Fifa Boss Infantino In Nigeria for 2-day Working Visit
Fifa president Gianni Infantino on Sunday, arrived in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja for a two-day working visit.
Infantino, 46, was accompanied by Fifa’s Secretary General, Ms Fatma Samoura and executive assistants Mattias Grafstrom and Veron Mosengo-Omba.
They were received on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by NFF President Amaju Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, and other members of the NFF Executive Committee.
Nigerian hospitality was on display as a 10-year old girl handed the Fifa boss a bouquet of flowers, with a cultural troupe providing entertainment in the foreground as Infantino and his team walked on the red carpet to waiting cars, Punch reports.
He’s scheduled to meet with the NFF board and the visiting FA presidents from other African countries, after which there will be a cocktail dinner in his honour at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
A total of 17 FA presidents from other African countries arrived in Nigeria on Saturday for the event as the health of African football will be on the front burner.
The FA Presidents include Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana), Lamin Kaba Bajo (The Gambia), Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone), Musa Bility (Liberia), Juneidi Basha Tilmo (Ethiopia), Nicholas Kithuku (Kenya), Andrew Chamanga (Zambia), Philip Chiyangwa (Zimbabwe), Frans Mbidi (Namibia), Chabur Goc Alei (South Sudan), Walter Nyamilandu (Malawi), Abdiqani Said Arab (Somalia), Vincent Nzamwita (Rwanda), Moses Magogo (Uganda), Jamal Malinzi (Tanzania), Augustin Senghor (Senegal) and Souleman Waberi (Djibouti).
Infantino and Samoura, alongside Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, NFF President Pinnick, chairmen of the Senate and House sports committees, NFF General Secretary and other NFF Board members, and the visiting FA presidents from other African countries will on Monday pay a courtesy call on His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
There will also be an Under-13 exhibition match at the National Stadium and a parley with political bigwigs and captains of industry later on Monday
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