Arsenal FC manager, legendary Arsene Wenger, vowed to work with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to help with football advancement in the country.
The boss from the English Premier League made the pledge during his meeting with the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, at the Arsenal FC’s training ground.
According to Premium Times, many other issues were also discussed, like increasing stock of Nigerian-born players at the club.
Pinnick characterized the meeting as “extremely positive and encouraging”.
He was further quoted as saying:
“As we had always known, Arsene is very knowledgeable; vast in his knowledge and appreciation of Nigeria as a footballing country, and widely philosophical in his general approach.”
Pinnick disclosed some of Wenger’s views regarding in what country footballers should play for.
“He told me that he has never stopped any player from opting for whichever national team he wants. He said to me that he always tells his players to follow their hearts and not allow people to push them. He further assured that if Nigeria extended a call-up to either or both of his players, he will have no objection if the players say they want to go.”
“Arsene told us that he will gladly do what he can to assist where we want, and has already started giving encouraging signs towards the capacity building exercises for our coaches at all levels.”