< The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) believes business moguls, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola will help its quest for financial autonomy. Yesterday, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick explained that he invited Dangote and Otedola to the FIFA Best Awards ceremony in London on Monday night because of the role they could play in the federation’s move to self-sufficiency. Thenff.com reports that Dangote and Otedola were conspicuous at the Awards, where they met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the crème de la crème of world football in the British capital. Pinnick said: “Alhaji Dangote is perhaps the biggest business brand in Africa, and one of Nigeria’s leading Ambassadors. I am very happy to be in a position to invite him and Otedola to such an event of global stature and essence. “As a nation, it is important that we continue to showcase our best brands in all fields. Doing this enhances the stock of our country globally. Alhaji Dangote and Mr. Otedola were happy to meet the world’s top governors of football and the football governors were also happy to meet them.“Our objective as a football federation is to attain financial autonomy so that the government can channel resources otherwise taken up by football into other critical sectors, and we believe that if we have persons like Dangote and Otedola partnering with Nigerian football, we will get there faster,” said Pinnick.
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