NFF, AS Roma partner to improve local football

In a bid to facilitate the development of football in Nigeria, the Nigeria Football Federation has signed a multi-year partnership with Italian football club, AS Roma.

The partnership, which was unveiled in Abuja on Friday, will see the NFF and Roma collaborate together on and off the pitch, says the statement released by NFF via its Twitter handle.

It was disclosed that the two parties will share football, business and media expertise, with Roma offering 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.

On the partnership, NFF President Amaju Pinnick who expressed his enthusiasm on the partnership stated that it will be incredibly benefial for the Nigerian National team at all age levels.

Manolo Zubiria, Chief Global Sport Officer at AS Roma added, “This promises to be an exciting and ground-breaking partnership for both parties. This club is known throughout football for having one of the most accomplished youth development programmes in the world and in recent years, Roma has developed more players who’ve gone on to play professionally than any other club in Italy.

“Nigeria is a real football nation and we’re looking forward to sharing best practices in elite talent development and football business and administration with the Nigerian Football Federation. We’re also open to working with the NFF and their partners to assess the feasibility of one day opening an official AS Roma academy in Nigeria.”

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