Argentina seek stronger football ties with Nigeria

Argentine newly-appointed diplomat to Nigerian, Gustavo Dzugala, who has been in the country for about a month, paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday, where he called for better cooperation between the two countries.

"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 two countries can definitely explore more ways of collaboration and friendship in football, because both are very strong, powerful nations in the game," Dzugala proposed.

Responding to the Argentine ambassador, Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Aminu Maigari, commended him on his appointment and stated that the Nigeria football family are looking forward to future collaborations with their Argentine counterparts.

"A former Board Member of Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister 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.

Nigerian who have already been paired in the same group with Argentina in this summer's World Cup in Brazil, had in 2011 play two friendly encounters with the South Americans. The Super Eagles won the first-leg in Abuja 4-1, while the Argentines won 3-1 in the second game which was played in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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