NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko has been appointed a Member of the FIFA Football Stakeholders’ Committee.
Shehu Dikko’s appointment makes him the third Nigerian to be appointed into a FIFA Committee this year, after Pinnick himself was enlisted into the influential Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions and former Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Philips was elected Member of the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Council).
Its modus operandi states that the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee:
“Shall advise and assist FIFA on all matters relating to Football (including women’s football, futsal and beach soccer), particularly the structure of the game, as well as on all technical matters.
The committee shall also deal with relationship between clubs, players, leagues, member associations, Confederations and FIFA, as well as issues relating to the interest of club football worldwide, and analyse the basic aspects of football training and technical development.”
The FIFA Football Stakeholders’ Committee is a merger of several committees (among them Football Committee and Strategic Studies Committees), in line with FIFA’s new organizational strategy that cut the list of committees from 20 to 11.
President of CONCACAF and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani is Chairman of the Committee.
The membership cuts across all major stakeholders in football, comprising Presidents of Member Associations, former players (including former Brazilian World Cup –winning captain Cafu and Dutchman Robin Van der Sar) and Chairmen of Leagues (including the Chairman of EPL and CEO of the Bundesliga).
World football–ruling body, FIFA now conducts independent and very rigorous and thorough global integrity, background and eligibility checks on all its potential appointees well before–hand, and Pinnick, Justice Philips and Dikko deserve accolades for passing the tough tests conducted by independent and renowned global experts.
“Shehu (Dikko) fully deserves his appointment. He has been doing excellent job as Chairman of LMC and as 2nd Vice President and Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee, as well as the NFF Strategy Committee.
I believe he will fly our country’s flag very high in that committee and his experience, deep knowledge and work ethic would be huge value added to FIFA’s objectives in developing football across board.”