The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Maryland State Government have agreed to collaborate on a number of initiatives aimed advancing football development in Nigeria and Maryland.
At a meeting in Baltimore, NFF president Amaju Pinnick, and the Governor of Maryland, Boyd Rutherford, agreed on a number of collaborative areas, including but not limited to minimum of one friendly match with the Super Eagles and Super Falcons in FIFA window opportunities; utilisation of the platform to create a symbiotic economic relationship in broader areas of economic development; leveraging of the Baltimore-Maryland 2026 platform/assets to create added value for NFF sponsors for broader activations; focus on youth development programmes and the development of a formal sister city relations to cover football development and stadium management.
Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city, is a contender to host matches in the 48-team 2026 World Cup finals, which have already been awarded to the trio of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
Pinnick expressed his enthusiasm for the arrangement and wished Baltimore well in its bid to host the FIFA World Cup finals in 2026.
The meeting came three days before the Eagles clash versus Mexico in a friendly in the State of California.