NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has explained why he chose to extend VVIP invitation to the duo of Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola to appear at the FIFA Awards 2018 in London.
Pinnick said it is a way of ‘further wooing the private sector to be part of Nigerian football.’
The President of Nigeria Football Federation spoke exclusively to Newsmen here in London and said the duo of Dangote and Otedola were very impressed after the FIFA Awards 2018 night that saw Luka Modric win the best FIFA football awards 2018.
“I m happy the two captains of industry in Nigeria accepted my invitation.
“They left the venue very impressed with the quality of people running the football in the world and how the leadership of FIFA appreciates Nigeria.
“This is part of what we are doing as a soccer federation to get the private sector involved in the game back home.
“ As I said before the Katsina election, our vision is to see how football can become self-sustaining in Nigeria so that government’s role would be that of protection and not bringing out taxpayers money that can be channeled into other critical areas,” Amaju said.
The NFF boss revealed that the board would be meeting with Dangote in a couple of days to see how he would partner with the soccer federation.
The NFF under Amaju has attracted more than a few corporate sponsors with energy giants Aiteo paying the salaries of all the national team coaches.