NFF President, Amaju Pinnick (left), and Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, Moha-ouali Tagma, at the federation's headquarters in Abuja tuesday

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Nigeria, His Excellency Moha-ouali Tagma tuesday sought for stronger ties between the football ruling bodies of his country and Nigeria, during a courtesy visit to NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, in Abuja.

Ambassador Tagma, accompanied by Deputy Head of Mission, Abdellatif Jihaoui, expressed their conviction that stronger ties would benefit both countries that are continental powers in the game of football.

“Morocco and Nigeria already have very good relations in several areas of endeavor, and we believe that both countries have quality football Leagues that can become even stronger with shared templates and ideas.

“Personally, I am a football fan, and I cannot forget that outstanding Nigeria team of 1994. I believe the Moroccan League, which boasts of players from a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, can do with players from Nigeria,” observed the ambassador.

Pinnick, who was in company with a number of his Executive Committee members, including Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Sunday Dele-Ajayi, Ibrahim Gusau, Aisha Falode, Musa Duhu, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa, Babagana Kalli and Mohammed Alkali, and the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi thanked the envoy and promised that the NFF will explore areas of further and stronger collaboration with the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF).

“Morocco, just like Nigeria, is a proud football nation and has produced a number of legends in the African game. The country has a very professional FA and a strong League, and it has excellent facilities to host major competitions.

“We are interested in better co-operation and collaboration with the FRMF.”

The NFF President and the 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, are due in Morocco next Monday on invitation to peruse possible areas of further collaboration.