By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Sir Honour Sirawoo, Friday led the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Association and Chairmen representing the six geopolitical zones to a closed door meeting with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the Glass House, Abuja.
President Sirawoo and the expanded NEC members were recieved by the General Secretary (GS) of the NFF, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed at the NFF Secretariat.
Speaking to newsmen in an interview after the closed door meeting, the SWAN President hinted that the closed door meeting had series of issues of collaboration discussed with the NFF GS and also commended the NFF for reaching out to the association with the FIFA palliative.
He also disclosed that the expanded NEC members were in Abuja for their meeting and thought it wise to visit the Glass House to first and foremost thank the leadership of the NFF for the FIFA pallaitive extended to the association, and to assure that it will be judiciously and transparently utilised in accordance to FIFA guidelines and the association’s statutes.
” We are here basically to thank NFF for the FIFA palliative extended to the association and to further assures that the association values the relationship that exists with the NFF and will sustain it going forward. While thanking the NFF, I wish to urge that the NFF continue to deal with the institution whose members are professionals and guided by rules of engagement.
” While the closed door lasted, we also discussed collaborative issues and assured the NFF that as professionals, we will continue to do our jobs professionally and always ready to assist the Federation in any way possible to give her the required publicity”.
On his part, while.fielding questions from Journalists, the NFF General Secretary commended the SWAN leadership for the visit and for appreciating the magnanimity of the FIFA palliative through NFF.
While extending regret for the unavoidable absence of the NFF President Ahmadu Melvin Pinnick who he said is outside the country on a CAF assignment, he assured the President Sirawoo led SWAN that issued discussed will be looked into and given utmost priority.
Dr. Sanusi called on President Sirawoo to work towards variables that would entrench unity and strengthen the association.
This is just as he assured that the NFF will continue to reach out to the Association in areas of collaboration.