The importance of Nigeria in world football circles is growing by the day.

Another testimony to that fact is the latest decision by FIFA to hold its Executive Football Summit (EFS) meeting in Lagos, Nigeria in February next year.

The Nigeria Football Federation has already confirmed this and they have started to prepare to host key football figures in country.

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“Nigeria has been selected as a Member Association to host one of the 12 FIFA Executive Football Summit meetings happening between November 2017 and March 2018, as part of FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s vision of ‘bringing FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA’,” NFF President Amaju Pinnick said on Monday.

Already, the NFF has selected Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island as venue and hotel accommodation for the big event, slated for 20th February 2018.

Pinnick added: "This is a very important event on the FIFA calendar. That Nigeria is deemed good enough to be among the 12 countries to host the FIFA Executive Football Summit meetings is no mean feat. It is another marker of our global acceptability, visibility and reckoning.

As already explained, the entire project, including the expenses of all the participants, such as their accommodation, feeding and transportation and all other logistics having to do with the programme, will be bankrolled by FIFA.

It is understood that a FIFA official was in Lagos during the week to inspect accommodation and other facilities listed for the event.

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