From ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will today play host to the president of World soccer governing body, Gianni Infantino who arrived the country yesterday on a two day visit.
Infantino and the Secretary General, Ms Fatma Samoura arrived in Abuja, yesterday accompanied by executive assistants Mattias Grafstrom and Veron Mosengo-Omba.
The world football gov
ernors were received on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by NFF President Amaju Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, and other members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management.
A 10 –year old girl handed the 46 –year old multi –lingual Infantino a bouquet of flowers as the train emerged from the arrival hall, and a cultural troupe entertained in the foreground as Infantino and Samoura walked on the red carpet to waiting cars. A total of 17 FA presidents from other African countries arrived in Nigeria on Saturday to join the NFF in receiving Infantino.
Today, Infantino and Samoura, alongside Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, NFF President Pinnick, chairmen of the Senate and House sports committees, NFF General Secretary and other NFF Board members, and the visiting FA presidents from other African countries, will pay a courtesy call on His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. Also on the programme for today is an U13 exhibition football match at the National Stadium, visit to the new NFF headquarters and a business dinner with Nigeria’s political heavyweights and captains of industry.