The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has described the expected visit of Gianni Infantino to Nigeria, less than six months after his emergence as FIFA President, as a good omen and one that would open new vista for Nigeria in world football.
In a statement signed by the National Deputy Secretary, Wale Joseph, heralding the visit, the National President of SWAN, Honour
Sirawoo, attributed the historic visit as an underscore “of the regard Nigeria enjoys in the politics of international football as a result of the untiring efforts of the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation.”
“It will also serve as a veritable platform for stakeholders to share ideas on the advancement of Nigeria’s potentials in the game.”
“It is no mean feat to have the FIFA President visiting Nigeria with other world football officials. I congratulate the NFF on this. It is a great opportunity which must be fully utilised towards uplifting the standard of football in Nigeria, especially now that the country’s rating is dwindling in FIFA ranking.”
The SWAN President urged all stakeholders as well the Nigerian public to support the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board in the quest to move football forward in the country.
“Of course, the visit of the FIFA president will enhance the interest of Corporate Nigeria in football development more than what it is in recent times which in turn will promote wealth creation in line with our agenda.”
Sirawoo gave assurances of the association’s full support for the NFF in repositioning Nigeria’s football for maximum benefits as applicable in other countries of the world.
The President also commended FIFA for appointing an African, Fatma Samoura, as Secretary General, noting that her administrative acumen will be invaluable in reshaping the world football governing body.