The new Ambassador of Argentina to Nigeria, His Excellency Gustavo Dzugala, yesterday paid a courtesy visit on the president of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, proposing that Nigeria and Argentina do much more together in the football sector.
Dzugala, who is only a month old in Nigeria, after serving in the same capacity in Serbia, is seeking closer ties between Nigeria and Argentina National Teams as well as clubs in both nations.
“Football is more than just a game; it is becoming a very potent political tool all over the world. Football makes the world go round beautifully, because it is the “beautiful game”.
“Our our countries can definitely explore more ways of collaboration and friendship in football, because both are very strong, powerful nations in the game,” Dzugala observed.
Responding, Maigari wished Dzugala well in his new role, saying the NFF and the Nigerian football family as a whole are open to further collaboration between Nigeria and Argentina in the game.
“A former board member of the NFF, Barr. Chive Kaave, is the Ambassador of Nigeria to Argentina, and we have also discussed several ways of further collaboration. With your coming, we will activate most of the possible areas and bring them to fruition,” Maigari said.
Nigeria play Argentina in Group F of the 20th FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer, with tickets for the June 25 match in Porto Alegre long sold out.
In a two-match friendly in 2011, Nigeria’s Super Eagles beat Argentina 4-1 in Abuja, with the Argentines winning the second leg 3-1 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.