Football Intermediaries Association of Nigeria, FIAN will on host a Football Summit and their Annual General Meeting on Friday, the 5th of April in Lagos at the Four Point by Sheraton hotel at the Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Victoria Island.
Available to Sports&study.org, the theme for the summit I’d Best International Practices in Approaching Football Business and top officials of the Nigerian football family led by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will be in attendance.
Also expected to grace the occasion I’d the umbrella body of football players in Nigeria, which is the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) sport lawyers, officials of European Football Agents, EFAA and representatives of the Embassies of Norway and Denmark in Nigeria.
Some of the keynote speeches and discussion topics on the day include; FIAN and EFAA Partnership, Benefits and Modalities, to be delivered by Mr. Allison Hatch, who is Policy and Communication Assistant at the E.F.A.A, The Plight Of Nigerian Professional Footballers In The Nigeria Domestic Leagues Without Working With An Intermediary, which will be given by Mr. Austin Popo, General Secretary of NANF.
Issues surrounding human trafficking using football; the life and psychological well-being of footballers after retirement and opportunities and challenges in the football industry in Nigeria will also be brought to the fore.
Mr. Ayodele Thomas is the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the FIAN Football Summit and A.G.M.
He speaks further on the two-day event, which will culminate in the agents’ body electing officers to run the association:
“I believe the Football Summit will go a long way in addressing some of the problems facing the business of football in Nigeria. The football business has at its roots the footballers themselves and how footballers in Nigeria can best maximise their career potentials will be discussed.
“With great help from the FIAN Acting EXCO, my team has been able to put together an event which will leave all participants and attendees convinced that as Football Intermediaries, we want to change Nigerian football for the better.
“After the Football Summit on the 5th, FIAN will have its inaugural A.G.M the next day at the same venue where members of the Executive Committee will be elected.”