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Zenith, NFF Partner Over Grassroots

Posted: Sep 15, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Zenith Bank PLC on Monday announced a partnership for youth football development and capacity building programmes.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, led the NFF top hierarchy to the event at Zenith Bank’s headquarters in Lagos, where the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Amangbo, pledged the bank’s commitment to take football to reach lofty heights.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick stated that apart from capacity building programmes for all workers in football, the youth development programme is the next big commitment of his administration

Pinnick highlighted that the kernel of the partnership was for the Nigeria Football Federation to invoice Zenith Bank PLC for the various youth development programmes, as well as for capacity building of adminstrators (Chairmen of State Football Associations) and the salary of Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh.

“Both the NFF and Zenith Bank have agreed not to put a price tag on this partnership. We will invoice Zenith Bank for the various programmes and all these will be captured in our audited account in the annual report.

Mr. Amangbo said that Zenith Bank sees the partnership as a worthwhile Corporate Social Responsibility cause, and that the coming of a crop of young, passionate, intelligent and transparent persons to the helm of affairs at the NFF was indeed pleasing.

“This is a crop of people you see doing things and benchmarking them against global best practices. For a very long time, we have not seen this in Nigeria football administration.

“The quality of people leading the NFF has spurred us to commit to giving them support. We are ready and happy to empower them to reach the lofty heights they have set for themselves.”

Pinnick confirmed that Zenith has agreed to foot the salary of Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh for a year.

Oliseh, who is on a five million Naira monthly salary (about $25,000), took over the Super Eagles in July.

“Zenith Bank has undertaken to pay Oliseh’s salary for a year. This will take a lot of burden off the federation,” disclosed Pinnick.