FIFA delegation storms Nigeria

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A two-man delegation from world football-governing body, FIFA will fly into Nigeria on Monday for useful deliberations with the top hierarch yof the Nigeria Football Federation on the upcoming Goal Project 2 – the construction of National Technical Centre in Bauchi.

The team, to consist of Francesco Brescoli and FIFA’s Development
Officer for West Africa, Sampon Kablan would also hold discussions
with NFF chieftains on available administrative, coaching and
refereeing courses in the remaining part of the year and 2014.

Messrs Brescoli and Kablan would be received at the NFF Secretariat,
Abuja on Tuesday morning by NFF President,Alhaji Aminu Maigari, as
well as Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme (acting General Secretary), Dr. Mohammed
Sanusi (Director of Competitions), Mr. Idris Adama (Director of
Marketing), Mr. Jarafu Mamza (Director of Finance), Mr. Ademola
Olajire (Assistant Director, Media), Mr. Bola Oyeyode (Head of
International), Mr Sunday Okayi (Head of Referees Unit) and Dr.
Christian Emeruwa (Special Assistant to General Secretary).

After discussions with the NFF president, the FIFA team would hold
meetings with relevant NFF schedule officers and then visit the Sunday
Dankaro Football House, before flying to Bauchi on Wednesday together
with top NFF officials, to see the land that had been allocated to the
NFF by the Bauchi State Government for the building of the Technical
Centre.

The delegation is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Bauchi State
Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda on Wednesday evening, before returning to
Abuja on Thursday. While Brescoli is expected to fly back to Europe on
Thursday night, Abidjan-based Kablan would fly out of Lagos on Friday.

NFF’s acting General Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, said: “We are
ready to receive the FIFA team, and we have all documents ready
concerning the land that has been allocated to us by the Bauchi State
Government for the construction of the National Technical Centre.

“I must also reiterate here that the NFF has approached the
governments of Lagos and Anambra states, as well for allocation of land
for similar purpose.” Once the centre in Bauchi is ready, we will move
to develop the sites in Lagos and Anambra States without further
delay. We have that assurance from FIFA.”

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