FIFA President Gianni Infantino has praised the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF, saying the Nigerian Federation has shown excellent vision and focus, and has taken giant strides over the past two years.
The world’s number one football administrator, who also condoled with the NFF and the family of Kano Pillars’ player Chinedu Udoji who died in a car accident on Sunday night, stated this and more at the post-FIFA Executive Football Summit press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.
On NFF Infantino said, “I will start by commending the support that we got from the NFF for this programme. Excellent work was done by the NFF team to facilitate the holding of the Summit and FIFA is grateful for this. The presentation by the NFF President was brilliant, and it captured the great work that the administration has done over the past two years. The plan for mini-secretariats and football pitches in all the states of Nigeria deserves applause and support of everyone involved in Nigerian Football.”
For the FIFA Executive Football Summit, he said, “The Summits are the lifeblood with which we intend to run the game henceforth. Each is a meeting of between 15 and 20 Presidents and General Secretaries of member associations drawn from three confederations. Here, we had people from Europe, CONCACAF and of course Africa. We discussed the future of youth competitions, including the idea of increasing participating teams for the finals of the boys’ and girls’ events, and to make it annual instead of biennial. However, it would now be one championship and not of different ages.”
“Nigeria, having won the FIFA U17 World Cup an unparalleled five times and been at every youth tournament for the girls, is one of the foremost countries in world football with regards to youth competitions. We praise the commitment of the Government and people of Nigeria to youth competitions and football generally.”