FIFA President, Gianni Infantino said the reason for his visit to Nigeria is to meet with various African football federations to learn about their individual challenges to enable the body proffer tailored solutions according to each federation’s needs.
Infantino said this while speaking to members of the Sports Writers Association (SWAN) at the Abuja National Stadium on Monday, July 25 as part of activities marking his two day historic visit to Nigeria.
He gave the address shortly after the exhibition game between the FCT U-13 and their Enugu counterparts where he emphasize that the success of a football house is defined by its grassroots developmental programs.
The football administrator added that “bringing back focus on the beautiful game after the wave of crisis that hit the world football governing body is the organisation’s aim and the presence of the various African football federations in Abuja for the importance meeting is an indication of their believe in the football community”.
He admitted that FIFA itself as an organization that needs a complete change of mentality in terms of its dealings with member countries and managing football from Zurich, pointing out that what is needed in Africa is concrete action which requires being on ground to speak to the people and individual FA presidents
He also said that FIFA will watch and make sure that the contracts with the federations will be concretely implemented.
Infantino departed the country on Monday after a dinner meeting with captains of industries in Nigeria.