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FIFA president salutes Nigerian government’s commitment to football

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to use football for the development of the girl-child and to inspire young people to have rewarding careers in the game.

President of the world football governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has commended the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for its commitment to the development of football and sporting infrastructure in Nigeria.

Infantino led a delegation from FIFA to visit President Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Thursday. He had earlier attended the opening ceremony of the Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos on Wednesday.

Speaking during the visit to President Buhari at the State House, Infantino said, “Nigeria has shown serious commitment to football by providing funding and creating a conducive environment for the development and growth of the game.

“This is commendable and really encouraging. The football family speaks only one language and we are one big happy family,” he added.

The FIFA supremo was then led on a short inspection tour of the newly regressed Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja where Infantino could not hide his excitement as he spoke to newsmen.

“We, as FIFA, are excited to be in a country where the Government, the Minister and the Football Federation are working with private investors like Alhaji Aliko Dangote who is investing in football.

“This is not just about Nigeria or African football, but global football. This Stadium(Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja) is a wonderful edifice. It is an investment, not just for football but in the youth of this wonderful country.

“FIFA appreciates this kind of investment and looks forward to giving its backing to have the stadium host some big games and competitions to bring life to the heartbeat of the stadium,” Infantino said.

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