The Amaju Pinnick-led Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, will record another first on Monday, August 17, when Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, will perform the significant ringing of the bell at the closing of business at the Nigeria Stock Exchange.
According to the website of the football Federation, thenff.com, Oliseh will attend the symbolic event at the Nigeria Stock Exchange house in Lagos in company with NFF president, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko.
“The ringing of the bell at the closing of business at the Nigeria Stock Exchange floor is a very significant event. It means that Corporate Nigeria is warming up to Nigeria football as a result of extensive consultations that we have been making over the past months,” Pinnick said on Wednesday.
It is the first time in history that the Nigeria Stock Exchange would offer a Nigeria football figure such a gesture, and Pinnick says it is the beginning of what would turn out to be a wonderful relationship between Corporate Nigeria and Nigeria football.
“We are looking at taking this to a level where even clubs in the Nigeria League will be quoted on the Nigeria Stock Exchange. It is a gradual process but we will get there.”
Meanwhile, the NFF has officially labelled the annual Channels Television Kids’ Cup Football Competition as an NFF–protected competition, meaning that the NFF will henceforth be involved in the technical planning and general encouragement of the event.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick said the NFF Executive Committee took the decision to partner with Channels Television on the competition because it is convinced about the credibility and developmental objective of the seven–year old competition.
“The NFF Executive Committee unanimously approved that the Channels’ Television Kids Cup Football Competition become an NFF–protected competition, and endorsed the core objective behind the event, which is to develop football among primary schools in the country and identify talents from very young age.
“Over the past seven years, Channels Television has done excellently well in the organization of this competition, and primary schools all over the country now look forward to the competition every year. It is a major developmental effort,” he said.
The NFF Executive Committee also endorsed a proposal to always send the best eleven players selected over the course of the competition overseas for a kiddies’ tournament.