Infantino reveals how Nigeria can host FIFA competitions




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

Infantino gave insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the Moshood Abiola national stadium.

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

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

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

“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (Moshood Abiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve 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 heart of the stadium beat for fantastic spectacle that all of Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.

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

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FIFA President, in company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State house, as part of his engagement.

(NAN)