Even though no Nigerian had the chance of winning anything at Monday’s FIFA Awards in London, the country had its ‘big boys’ in attendance at the glamorous event.

Aside from the leadership of the NFF ably led by the reelected President, Amaju Pinnick, the country’s top business mogul, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola were also in attendance.

Pinnick in an interview with NewsReportersng.com in London said the duo of Dangote and Otedola were very impressed after the FIFA awards night where Luka Modric was crowned the World Best ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.

Pinnick with Dangote and Otedola in London

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“I’m happy the two captains of industry in Nigeria accepted my invitation. They left the venue very impressed with the quality of people running football in the world and how the leadership of FIFA appreciates Nigeria.

“This is part of what we are doing as a soccer federation to get the private sector involved in the game back home. As I said before the Katsina election, our vision is to see how football can become self-sustaining in Nigeria so that government’s role would be that of protection and not bringing out tax payers money that can be channeled into other critical areas,” The NFF boss stated.

Pinnick disclosed that his board would be meeting with Dangote in a matter of days to see how he would partner with the Nigeria Football Federation.

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