FIFA President Gianni Infantino took part in the latest FIFA Executive Football Summit in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a strong football country,” Infantino said.
“Looking on the titles of the youth teams in FIFA competitions and the huge development and progress in women’s football, we all can remark that the work done here is very good.
Now let’s see what happens with the Super Eagles in Russia in a few months. Chances are they will make the whole nation proud, also on the elite level.”
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, FIFA Council members Sonia Bien Aime and Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, along with 16 members associations discussed topics including the future of competitions, the FIFA Forward Programme, the football calendar, transfer, and player matters.
“We need to have some regulations regarding transfers, so they are more transparent, more clear,” Infantino said.
“We need to be clear because otherwise we live above our means and for this reason, we are now opening this debate.
I hope that by next year we will be able to present a new set of rules which will put a bit more order and credibility in the transfer system.”
The gathering in Lagos was also a time for the member associations to share knowledge with one another, with countries from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe all involved.
Hosting these Executive Football Summits is an important initiative introduced as part of the FIFA reforms.
The first Executive summit was held in Paris from 22-23 November in 2016, bringing together executives from French-speaking countries across Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Oceania.