NIGERIAN Football Federation (NFF) officials have approved a proposal by UK global information and communication technology service company AJ Consult to embark upon the digitalisation of all its operations.
Formally launched in 1945 as the Nigerian Football Association, the NFF formed the first national football team in 1949, joined the Confederation of African Football in 1959 and Fifa in 1960. Over recent years, it has sought to modernise itself by becoming self-funding and ending its reliance on the government to survive.
As part of this process, the NFF is looking to fully digitise its operations with a functional website and a database to store all its information. As part of this process, it is looking to enter into a partnership with AJ Consult that will solve all of its general information telecommunication technology needs.
NFF general secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said: “The present NFF administration is one that is untiring in seeking new and refreshing ways of doing things and up scaling its methods and strategies to meet with ever-changing technological demands. This desire for new thinking, new formats and conformity with global best practice in all our operations informed certain decisions and resolutions that have accorded the Pinnick-led NFF remarkable national and international regard and won it global appeal as it works assiduously towards achieving self-funding.
“Our acceptance of this proposal is based on the need to take our media and communication operations to new levels with the tremendous opportunities available in the digital communication space of today.”
An AJ Consult spokesman added: ” AJ Consult prides itself on having the capacity to offer innovative software development, hardware development, IT outsourcing and consulting services, and actively helping governments and global corporations to transform and address critical business issues by applying innovative information technology solutions. It also has unparalleled experience and comprehensive capabilities across verticals and business functions, enabling businesses to reduce time-to-market and drive transformational growth.
Our global delivery and mature engagement models are designed to improve efficiency, governance and predictability. We constantly innovate and implement new methodologies, frameworks and best practices giving our clients the winning edge.”
Under the arrangement, the company will develop among other platforms and solutions, an all-in-one media/communication platform for media management, technical team platform and a third-party performance monitoring management system. It will also develop a game-day data management system, a record management solution in the form of an e-library and online live media platform for viewers via pay-per-view format.