FIFA boss, Infantino, visits Nigeria July 24

From left, FIFA scribe, Fatma Samoura, NFF president, Amaju Pinnick and FIFA president, Gianni Infantino after the meeting in France last Sunday .

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino is to pay a two-day working visit to Nigeria from July 24, during which time he will be received by the country’s President, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced.

Infantino will be accompanied on the two-day working visit by FIFA secretary general, Ms Fatma Samoura.

The Italian-Swiss, who was elected FIFA president at an extraordinary general assembly in Zurich on February 26 2016 this year, confirmed the trip following a meeting with NFF president, Mr Amaju Pinnick in Paris, France last 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 disclosed.

During the visit, Infantino and Samoura will pay a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari 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 top shots and attend an evening session with Corporate Nigeria in Lagos.

The FIFA bosses 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 (LMC), 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, the Minister of Sport, Barrister Solomon Dalung spoke with the FIFA boss and expressed Nigeria’s readiness to welcome the FIFA team.

Samoura, 54, was appointed FIFA Secretary General at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City on May 12 this year.

The Senegalese, who has wide experience working with the United Nations in several countries, is the first woman to hold the position in FIFA’s 112 –year history.