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Ex-Nigerian Footballers in the Diaspora set for Grand Reunion



Former Nigerian international footballers in the Diaspora who recently formed an umbrella body, the Nigerian Ex-International Footballers Association, NEIFA, will in July formally launch the organisation.
The body comprising former players in the then Green Eagles and those in the Flying Eagles as well as the Golden Eaglets are mostly living in the United States. A press release sent to indicates that the organisation led by Francis Monidafe plans to organise its inaugural launching as well as fund raising at Atlanta, Georgia on July 29.
According to the press statement, NEIFA is championing better welfare for its members and promoting causes that will engender proper football development of the current crop of players playing for Nigeria at various levels.
With a mission to advocate better quality of life for former teammates in Nigeria and around the world, who have fallen on harder times, NEIFA boasts of members, ranging from varying respectable professional backgrounds and fields of human endeavours like engineering, business, elite academy and university coaching.
In the statement issued by the secretary, Nathaniel Ogedegbe, NEIFA observed that many Nigerian footballers were battling with many problems on various fronts, which sadly have not been addressed headlong by the country’s institutions, prompting the body to step in and seek ways to alleviate the burden being faced by former footballers and present ones.
Noting that since its formation some years back that members of the organisation have been able to pull resources together to support the expenses of ex-internationals, Ogedegbe said the time has come for NEIFA to reach out to the broader spectrum of footballers and ex-footballers in need of assistance.
The body noted that the coming fundraising in Atlanta will help the organisation to fully achieve its vision of ensuing that footballers do not live from hand to mouth again.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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