Why Pinnick’s FIFA Position Is Beneficial For Nigeria – Buhari

Why Pinnick’s FIFA Position Is Beneficial For Nigeria - Buhari
President Buhari in an audience with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and Pinnick yesterday
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Nigerian Presiden, Muhamamdu Buhari has given reasons why he believes that the membership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, into the FIFA Council ‘’will provide benefits that will lead to the advancement of football in Africa and Nigeria.’

In an audience with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and Pinnick, the President, once again, congratulated the NFF boss on his election victory into the strategic body that sets the vision for global football, assuring him of Nigeria’s support in his new position.

‘The position on the Council of the world’s football governing body, FIFA, comes at a time when Nigeria is determined to turn the fortunes of her sports development around through better infrastructure, more investment both public and private government incentives.

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‘Without prejudice to the continental nature of your assignment at the Council, I urge you to use your position to ensure Nigeria’s sporting image receives a boost.

‘’I know this position will assist Nigeria to get technical and financial support from FIFA, and your position should create a platform for other Nigerians to enter into the FIFA family and other international Sports Federations,’ he said.

On his vision for Nigerian football, the President told the Minister and the NFF President:

‘I want to see Nigeria’s football develop and move in a more dynamic trajectory from football administration to youth and grassroots football, talent hunt, and use of Nigeria’s home-based talents.

‘Nigeria also needs a more privatized and better-organised football regime that can rival others in Europe and America.’

Buhari, therefore, urged the NFF to work with the Sports ministry and football stakeholders to provide Nigeria with a 10-year Football Master Plan that will ensure youth football development, in line with FIFA’s commitment.

In his remarks, Dare thanked the President for his support for sports development in the country, and for approving the reclassification of sports as a business, instead of mere recreation.

He promised that a new draft policy on the sports industry was almost ready, as well as a 10-year master plan for football at all levels.

 

AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK

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