Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State governor, has told Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, that the state has the capacity to host international football tournaments.
Ambode’s intention is premised on population, soccer enthusiasm and the tourism potentials that abound in the State.
The governor, while welcoming the choice of Lagos as the host city of the FIFA Executive Committee Summit, said that it would present a great opportunity for the state to showcase its huge investment in football development, especially for youths.
He said: “I want to say that we are so excited that Lagos is playing host to the FIFA Executive Summit.
“It is very important for us because soccer is big in Lagos and we are able to show you the kind of facilities and things that football can actually do to us as a nation. I believe strongly that your hosting this meeting in Lagos portends greater potentials for us in Lagos; we are very strong on youth development and youth soccer development and also soccer development for women.
“I believe as you decide tomorrow and then days after on where you intend to put your projects, Lagos stands to welcome all the projects of FIFA. We have the population, the enthusiasm and we also have the tourism potentials to actually receive any FIFA projects in Nigeria,” Ambode said.
Infantino, in his response, commended Ambode for his investment in the development of football, describing it as excellent.
“It is for me a pleasure and honour to be here today in Lagos to meet you; I know you are a great football fan. You’re more than a football fan, a lover of football and that’s why I needed the meeting to hold in Lagos.