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How Nigeria can host FIFA competitions – Infantino


FIFA President, Mr Gianni Infantino, on Thursday, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for FIFA competitions and top Grade A football matches.

The FIFA boss gave the insight in Abuja when Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.

Infantino, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.

He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.

“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadiums, we work with them to give something back.

“It’s obvious that stadiums like this [Moshood Abiola stadium] and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.

“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.

“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all Nigerians love, which is football,” he said.

Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.

The FIFA President, in company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, as part of his engagement.

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