The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has agreed to a multi-year partnership with top Italian football club, AS Roma.
The partnership, which was unveiled on Friday, September 20, in Abuja, will see the NFF and Roma collaborate together on and off the pitch.
The objective being for the club to help further grow and improve all levels of football in Nigeria.
Under the terms of the understanding, the two parties will share football, business and media expertise.
The Italian club will offer the NFF technical and operational support and advice in the areas of youth coaching, player development, football administration and digital media best practices.
In return, the NFF will also collaborate with the AS Roma in their projects and development Initiatives in Nigeria.
According to reports, senior NFF officials will travel to the Italian capital to observe Roma’s award-winning youth academy.
As technical advisors in player development, Roma will work with the NFF to help introduce best practices for developing elite talent in order to improve the quality of players available to our domestic clubs and indeed national squad at all age groups.
Roma will also host knowledge-sharing sessions on football business and administration in Rome and set up digital and social media workshops in Nigeria for local clubs and officials.
On hand at the unveiling ceremony were NFF President Amaju Pinnick and his Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko alongside the entire Board members of the NFF, AS Roma’s Head of Academy, Massimo Tarantino and Paul Rogers, Head of Strategy at Roma.
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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare and the Permanent Secretary Of the Ministry, Mr O Olusade were on hand to also endorse the partnership.
“We are excited about this unique partnership with AS Roma,” said NFF President Amaju Pinnick.
“We have put in a lot of work to move our federation into a globally recognized space in-spite of the avoidable distractions and the fact that Roma chose to partner with Nigeria over any other federation in Africa is an indicator of how much respect our brand and this country has in the world of international football.
“Roma is one of the most respected football clubs in the world, with a very good reputation for consistently developing talented young players.
“We feel that this partnership can be incredibly beneficial for the Nigerian national team at all age levels and Nigerian football as a whole.
“Roma has shown incredible support for the Super Eagles and has fully embraced Nigerian football fans, even launching a Pidgin Twitter account, and we look forward to unveiling the exciting projects and initiatives this partnership will unlock.”