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While receiving the FIFA delegation led by its president, Gianni Infantino, and the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, at the State House, President Buhari called on the top echelon of football’s world governing body to see Nigeria as one of its greatest assets when it comes to the development of football.

Apart from FIFA boss, Gianni Infantino and CAF supremo, Patrice Motsepe, today’s opening glamour will be witnessed by Governor Sanwo-Olu, Mrs Sanwo-Olu, Sports Minister Sunday Dare, NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, members of the diplomatic corps, top officials of the Lagos State government, board members of the NFF, captains of industry and leading stakeholders of the game in Nigeria.

In a letter dated 8th September 2021 and signed by Gordon Savic, Head of Qualifiers and International Matches, the world body noted it has sanctioned the 15th – 21st September showpiece that holds at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena and Agege Stadium in the City of Lagos, and featuring hosts Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Morocco and South Africa’s ‘A’ Women teams.

“We defer to FIFA in this regard, so Ahmed Musa has 98 caps. If he features, as expected, in the home-and-away matches against Central African Republic in October, he will clock the tally of 100 and the celebrations will follow in full flow,” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said on Wednesday.

There were 21 players on board, following the departure of UK-based players who returned to base following the unchanged stance of UK authorities concerning protocols and guidelines that must be observed by anyone returning to the country after visiting a country on their COVID-19 red label, of which Cape Verde is one. Defence bulwark Olaoluwa Aina also left.

President of the NFF and FIFA Council Member, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who met with the children of the departed former football boss in Warri on Saturday, also disclosed that a number of former NFF Presidents have accepted the invitation to attend the burial rites of their fallen colleague.