Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) integrity officer, Barrister Okey Obi was the cynosure of all eyes last weekend, as he had the privilege of making a special presentation at the headquarters of Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Barrister Obi’s presentation was part of a programme outlined by world soccer governing body, FIFA, for CAF, which then outlined the NFF official among speakers at the event.
It was the first Regional Integrity Workshop on the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, where participants at the conference would have the duty of imparting ideas gained in Cairo, Egypt on all players and coaches that will be attending the competition this summer.
FIFA’s head of integrity, Vincent Ven pointed out that the regional event provided an opportunity for all participants to work closely with member associations and confederations.
Ven said they will all relate on integrity measures currently in place aimed at protecting the Women’s World Cup and ensure that integrity officers from participating teams have the right knowledge.
Their understanding of the process and integrity skills would then be used to brief players, officials and teams ahead of FIFA competitions.
A media statement by the NFF read in part: “The interactive workshop, attended by integrity officers of nine Member Associations of FIFA across three confederations, was the first of a planned three sessions ahead of the finals in France, with two more scheduled to be co-hosted by CONCACAF and the Spanish Football Association this month.
“Nigeria Football Federation was one of the nine Member Associations represented in Cairo, with its integrity officer, Barrister Okey Obi, making a presentation on integrity matters in Nigerian Football.
“There were presentations, group discussions and practical sessions with the aim of preventing any method such as match manipulation or corruption, which might jeopardize the integrity of the game.
“FIFA, thereafter, released a statement saying the workshop provided an opportunity to work hand in hand with the integrity officers of the participating MAs and Confederations on measures aiming at protecting the integrity of the competition.”