President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has revealed that the NFF plans to partner with current World Champion, Germany in order to aid Nigeria’s football development.
Pinnick made this known at a lunch-time meeting with the Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr. Dietmar Kreusel on Tuesday. Also in attendance were some top officials of the NFF.
“Germany is not only the reigning champions of the world in football, it is also a very strong economic power. We have come here to express our intention to make Germany our model for development of the game of football.” thenff.com quoted Pinnick saying.[post_ad]
“We keenly desire to partner with the DFB (Germany Football Federation) and the German League. The NFF is presently doing a lot in the area of development of the game in Nigeria. Now, we are requesting for support for our development programmes for women’s football, as well as capacity building for our referees and coaches,”he added.
Ambassador Kreusel, who confirmed that he is a big supporter of German Bundesliga club, Mainz 05 (the club of Super Eagles’ defender Leon Balogun), assured that the requests by the NFF leadership would be looked into.
“Nigeria and Germany have always maintained very close relations. I recall that one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s first visits outside Nigeria after inauguration was to Germany. That shows how close our ties are,” Kreusel said.