Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday confirmed that a young player, Ayomide Ayanbunmi and an aspiring journalist, Hussain Dikko have left for Moscow, Russia for this year’s Football for Friendship Program put together by Gazprom, in conjunction with FIFA.
The program aims at developing youth football by championing youth sport and a healthy lifestyle, promoting friendship between children from different countries, fostering social values such as respect for other cultures and nations, and commitment to principles of equality in the younger generation.
It also comprises several global events like the Annual International Children’s Football for Friendship Forum and International Day of Football Friendship, Football for Friendship World Championship, as well as numerous local sports and public events in participating countries.
Thousands of children meet at these events, communicate, share their experiences, make friends, learn to find common language and understand each other at the event, which kicks off on Thursday, 8th June and will end on the 16th.
The Nigerian contingent is accompanied by manager of Football for Friendship Program in Nigeria, Shola Ogunnowo and Ayodele Ibidapo of the NFF Communications Department.