FIFA President, Secretary-General to visit Nigeria on July 24
President of world football governing body, FIFA, Mr Gianni Infantino and the Secretary-General, Ms Fatma Samoura, will arrive in Nigeria on July 24 on a two-day working visit. This is contained in a statement on the website of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday.
According to the statement, Infantino confirmed the trip following a meeting with the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick in Paris, France on Sunday. “The FIFA President and Secretary-General will arrive in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on July 24 on a two-day working visit to Nigeria.
“During the visit, Infantino and Samoura will pay a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
“They will also hold meetings with a delegation of African FA presidents who are expected in Nigeria to join the NFF to receive the FIFA top shots and attend an evening session with Corporate Nigeria in Lagos.
“The duo will also meet with Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State before watching the final of the NFF/ZENITH Bank Future Eagles Championship.
“A welcome dinner put together by the League Management Company (LMC) and also to be attended by members of the diplomatic corps is on the cards,’’ the statement said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Infantino was elected FIFA President at an Extra-ordinary General Assembly in Zurich on Feb. 26.
Samoura on the other hand was appointed FIFA Secretary-General at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City on May 12. 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.