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NFF Takes S’Eagles To Stock Exchange

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 1:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) seeks to draw the attention of the Corporate Nigeria to Super Eagles by visiting the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday, August 17, 2015.

And all things being equal, Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, would ring the closing bell that day.

According to a statement on NFF website, Oliseh would be guest of honour at the NSE alongside the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, in order to reach out to Corporate Nigeria and share the new vision of repositioning the country’s football.

“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 Nigerian 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 Nigerian football figure such a gesture, and Pinnick says it was the beginning of what would turn out to be a wonderful relationship between Corporate Nigeria and Nigeria football.

“The first major move to show that the NFF is being accepted into the right circles would be Oliseh ringing the closing bell at the NSE. It has never been done before by a Nigerian sports personality and it would position the NFF as a brand to be taken seriously.”

Goal confirmed from an official at the Stock Market that Oliseh’s visit would help the NFF to explore ways in which to fund many of its programmes.

“There’s money in football,” said the NSE staff, “and the Nigerian capital market is one opportunity for [the NFF] to raise capital when they need money.

“It is the first time we are having a sports person ring the closing bell of the NSE even though the victorious Golden Eaglets of 1985, who won the U16 World Cup in China, visited the stock exchange but they did not ring the bell,” he said.

Pinnick’s recent trip to London, Goal also learned, was to meet an influential businessman who requested to have a personal meeting with the new coach. The businessman was said to have been impressed by Oliseh’s presentation and general carriage.