FIFA Pres­i­dent, SG visit Nige­ria July 24

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The world foot­ball­go­v­ern­ing body, FIFA Pres­i­dent, Mr. Gianni In­fantino and the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Ms Fatma Samoura will ar­rive Nige­ria in a fort­night on a two-day work­ing visit.

The Ital­ian-Swiss, who was elected FIFA Pres­i­dent at an ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral assem­bly in Zurich on 26th Fe­bru­ary 2016, con­firmed the trip fol­low­ing a meet­ing with NFF Pres­i­dent Amaju Pin­nick in Paris, France on Sun­day.

“The FIFA Pres­i­dent and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral will ar­rive in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, Abuja on Sun­day, 24th July on a two-day work­ing visit to Nige­ria,” Pin­nick told thenff.com.

Dur­ing the two-day visit, In­fantino and Samoura will pay a cour­tesy call on His Ex­cel­lency, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari (GCFR) at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa, hold meet­ing with a le­gion of African FA pres­i­dents who are ex­pected in Nige­ria to join the NFF to re­ceive the FIFA top­shots and at­tend an evening ses­sion with Cor­po­rate Nige­ria in La­gos.

The duo will also meet with Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode of La­gos State be­fore watch­ing the fi­nals of the NFF/ZENITH Bank Fu­ture Ea­gles Cham­pi­onship. A wel­come din­ner put to­gether by the League Man­age­ment Com­pany and also at­tended by mem­bers of the diplo­matic corps is on the cards.

At the one-hour meet­ing in­volv­ing In­fantino, Samoura and Pin­nick on Sun­day, Nige­ria’s Min­is­ter of Sports, Bar­ris­ter Solomon Dalung spoke with the FIFA boss and ex­pressed Nige­ria’s readi­ness to wel­come the FIFA team.

Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, 54, was ap­pointed FIFA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mex­ico City on 12th May. The Sene­galese, who has wide ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with the United Na­tions in sev­eral coun­tries, is the first-ever woman to hold the po­si­tion in FIFA’s 112-year his­tory.

A few days after her ap­point­ment, Samoura wel­comed Pin­nick and NFF 2nd Vice Pres­i­dent/LMC chair­man, Shehu Dikko, to a break­fast meet­ing at her UN of­fice in Abuja.

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