By Duro Ikhazuagbe
FIFA President, Mr. Gianni Infantino, and the Secretary General, Ms Fatma Samoura who arrived Abuja sunday on a two-day official visit to Nigeria are scheduled to meet President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa monday.
Infantino and Samoura, alongside Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, NFF President, Pinnick, chairmen of the Senate and House sports committees, NFF General Secretary and other NFF Board members, and the visiting FA presidents from other African countries, will pay a courtesy call on President Buhari.
Also on the programme today the FIFA chief and his entourage are to be guest at an Under-13 exhibition football match at the National Stadium, pay a visit to the Sunday Dankaro House, the new NFF headquarters and cap the day with a business dinner with Nigeria’s political heavyweights and captains of industry.
The 46-year old multi-lingual Infantino and Samoura were received on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by Pinnick, Sanusi, vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, and other members of the NFF executive committee and management.
At the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Pinnick accompanied Infantino to the presidential suite, and meetings between the FIFA President and the NFF Board and with the visiting FA presidents from other African countries held behind closed-door.
The FIFA president and scribe are accompanied on the trip to Nigeria by executive assistants Mattias Grafstrom and Veron Mosengo-Omba.
A total of 17 FA presidents from other African countries arrived in Nigeria on Saturday to join the NFF in receiving Infantino. These are Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana), Lamin Kaba Bajo (The Gambia), Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone), Musa Bility (Liberia), Juneidi Basha Tilmo (Ethiopia), Nicholas Kithuku (Kenya), Andrew Chamanga (Zambia), Philip Chiyangwa (Zimbabwe), Frans Mbidi (Namibia), Chabur Goc Alei (South Sudan), Walter Nyamilandu (Malawi), Abdiqani Said Arab (Somalia), Vincent Nzamwita (Rwanda), Moses Magogo (Uganda), Jamal Malinzi (Tanzania), Augustin Senghor (Senegal) and Souleman Waberi (Djibouti).