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NFF and Government of Maryland Agree to Collaborate on Development Programs

The Nigerian Football Association and the Maryland Government have
highlighted and agreed a number of cooperation programs
Promote the development of football in the country of Nigeria and the
State of Maryland, a major mid-Atlantic state in the United States
United States of America.

At a meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday June 30, 2021,
President of the NFF and member of the FIFA Council, Mr. Amaju Melvin
Pinnick and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Boyd Rutherford
agreed on a number of areas for cooperation including, but not limited to
at least one friendly match with Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Super
Falcons in FIFA window options; Use of the platform too
Creation of a symbiotic economic relationship in broader sectors of the economy
Development; Leverage the Baltimore-Maryland 2026 platform / assets
Create value for NFF sponsors for wider activations; focus
about youth development programs and; the development of a formal
City partnerships for football development and stadium
Administration.

Baltimore, the largest city in the state of Maryland, is a candidate
City for hosting the games of the 48 teams in 2026 FIFA World Cup
Final, which has already been awarded to the USA Triumvirate,
Mexico and Canada.

Pinnick, who was in Baltimore at the express invitation
Maryland government said it was excited about the agreement
and wished Baltimore-Maryland the best of luck in their desire to host
City for the finals of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The invitation was open
the tremendous respect the Maryland government has for Nigeria
as a nation and the NFF as an institution. Deputy Governor
Rutherford confessed to being a huge fan of the Super Eagles, the
stunned the world with an impressive debut at the FIFA World Cup ™ im
USA 27 years ago, while the Nigerian U23 squad (with many players
the same Super Eagles team), spectacularly won Africa’s first Olympics
two years later also in the USA soccer gold.

The focus of the meeting was the Super Falcons’ debut in the
popular USWNT Summer Series with games in the state of Texas where,
the nine-time African champion in the square of the four-time world champion
World champion and four-time Olympic champion USA for the first time in a
Friendly game and fought a spirited fight despite the defeat
0-2. It also came three days before the Nigerian national team clash
with Mexico’s senior team in another friendly game in the state
California.

The occasion also took place against the background that in a
Post-pandemic world, strategic partnerships, collaborations and
symbiotic relationships will rule the neighborhood. Both Pinnick and
Rutherford was confident that the incipient relationship would spread
on the broader canvas, more concrete, more economical and more infrastructural
Services.

Terry Hasseltine (President of
Baltimore-Maryland, World Cup host city 2026); Bunmi Jinadu
(Special Adviser, Baltimore-Maryland 2026); Mark Newgent (Deputy Chef)
of the Staff of the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland); Al Hutchinson (President, Visit
Baltimore); Ted Carter (Vice Mayor of Baltimore City)
and economic development); Michael Huber (Baltimore Chief of Staff.)
Mayor Brandon Scott); Graham Whaples (media relations,
Baltimore-Maryland 2026); Michael J. Frenz (Managing Director,
Maryland Stadium Authority) and; Roy Sommerhof (Senior Vice President,
Stadium operation).

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