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The National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers and other stakeholders which included club owners, administrators, intermediaries and coaches, during the week had a two-day parley tagged; Football Africa Forum, where new paths were charted for Nigerian nay African football.

The well attended event which held at the high brow Best Western Hotel, Victoria Island,Lagos, was declared opened by NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, who came with some members of the executive. 


The Nigerian football boss commended the organizers of the event, whilst advising the participants to ensure that Nigerian football benefited from it.

South African born football expert, Gerrit Davids, who was the resource person, admonished participants on the need to have a renewed and positive mindset that would help take African football to the desired heights.

In his remarks, Dave Uduanu, managing director of Sigma Pensions Limited, a major sponsor of the event, expressed delights over the epochal collaboration his company is enjoying with Nigerian football. 


He further advised Nigerian footballers in all cadres to embrace the pension scheme, adding that like every profession, sports,particularly, football also have a life span.


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In another keynote address, renowned journalist and sports marketer, Ejiro Omonode, harped on what he tagged; 
Optimum Branding and Marketing in Football. According to him, football is big business globally and therefore, private individuals should take advantage of its immense financial benefits.

Panellists on the day-one of the forum,  included former chairman of Sunshine Stars of Akure, Prince Dapo Ajibade, Tunji Babalola, Barr.Amobi Ezeaku, Hon. Oke............, Commissioner for Sports in Oyo State, Michael Sodeke and  Dr.Ernest Acheampong.

Day two of the forum, was more remarkable as it saw the launch of African Football Alliance, which according to Davids, who is also the founder and president of African Football Institute, is aimed at creating a mutual synergy amongst football stakeholders, as well as, helping to develop, protect and promote African football.

In his own remarks, Comrade Austin Popo, the Secretary-General of NANPF, enthused confidently that the event which he described as ground breaking and historic, would be the watershed for the growth and development of Nigerian football.


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