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No call for Pinnick’s resignation over London trip, says NFF



NFF president, Amaju Pinnick

The board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has described as ‘wicked rumour’ the insinuation in some quarters that that it had called on Amaju Pinnick to resign as president of the body following his recent trip to London.

Pinnick’s decision to travel to London alongside Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, to hold talks with prospective sponsors rather than attend any of the matches involving the Super Falcons in Bata and the national U-23 team in Congo, was described by some sports fans as an act of irresponsibility.

There were insinuations yesterday that some board members had called on Pinnick to resign. But the Secretary General of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, told The Guardian yesterday that those spreading such ‘wicked rumour’ don’t mean well for Nigerian football. “I don’t know where people get such information.

I can tell you that there is nothing of such. I think people should channel their energy on issues that will be productive for Nigerian football rather than embarking on issues capable of dragging us backward.

Pinnick is doing a great job for our football and people should encourage him. His trip to London was part of efforts to strengthen our football. “I don’t think any of our board members is bothered by those comments against Pinnick regarding the trip to London because the board delegated capable officials for the two games in question.

Pinnick can’t be everywhere and it is not even in his character to embark on every trip with the national teams. That would amount to greed.

It was just unfortunate that the Falcons failed to qualify for the Olympic Games, but sincerely speaking, the board did everything for the girls. I want those looking for loopholes to cause distractions in the NFF to desist from such. It won’t do our football any good,” Sanisu said.

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1 Comment
  • Paul Graham

    Is Pinnick head of Marketing? NFF should publish the names of the sponsors he went to see in London and the venue of the meeting. If it was a scheduled meeting, was it not possible to reschedule instead of abandoning the National teams for a jamboree with Oliseh. I am of the opinion that national interest supersedes personal interest. The guy should step up or step aside. No cover up please!