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Infantino’s visit, good omen for Nigerian football —SWAN President

THE President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr Honour Sirawoo has described the expected visit of Gianni Infantino less than six months after his emergence as FIFA President to Nigeria as a good omen and one that would open new vista for Nigeria in world football.

According to the SWAN President, the visit underscores the regard Nigeria enjoys in the politics of international football as a result of the untiring efforts of the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation, stressing that it will also serve as a veritable platform for stakeholders to share ideas on the advancement of Nigeria’s potentials in the game.

“It is no mean feat to have the FIFA President visiting Nigeria, with other world football officials. I congratulate the NFF on this. It is a great job which must be fully utilised towards the upliftment of football standard in Nigeria, especially now that the country’s rating is dwindling in FIFA ranking.

“I urge all stakeholders as well as Nigerians to support the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF’s quest to move football forward in the country.

“Of course, the visit of the FIFA president will enhance the interest of Corporate Nigeria in football development more than what it is in recent times which in turn will promote wealth creation in line with our agenda,” he declared

Sirawoo gave assurances of the association’s full support for the NFF in repositioning Nigeria’s football for maximum benefits as applicable in most countries of the world.

He said it was in line with this that zonal Vice-Presidents of North Central, South West and South South have been directed to ensure full involvement of  members in activities related to the FIFA President’s visit and the burial of former national football coaches.

“The remains of the late former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi will be buried next week, while the 40th day fidau prayer for late former Super Eagles coach, Amodu Shaibu holds on July 20, 2016

“I have therefore directed our zonal vice-presidents to coordinate the activities of members in host state chapters such as Lagos, FCT, Delta and Edo.”

The President, who also commended FIFA for appointing an African, Fatma Samoura as Secretary General, noted that her administrative acumen will be invaluable in reshaping the world football governing body.