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Pinnick returns tomorrow after four-week medical trip to UK



NFF president, Amaju Pinnick

THE National Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick, is said to return to the country tomorrow after a four-week medical trip to the United Kingdom.

According to information from the NFF’s website, “A domestic accident four years ago has compelled the Delta State-born administrator to undergo regular ear surgery and the recent exercise has been as successful as previous ones.

“I want to commend the 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who has been acting in my stead, and other members of the NFF Executive Committee who have been working very hard, as well as the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who has been brilliant as head of the Secretariat.
“I also want to commend the media for its wonderful support for the NFF administration and Nigeria football generally. I have always said that we cannot do it alone, and the support of the media and other stakeholders has been very important to whatever we have achieved in the past seven months.”

Pinnick’s passion and commitment to Nigeria football development meant that even while on medical visit, he maintained the tempo of meetings, consultations and development initiatives at a pace allowed by doctors’ advice.

“I am shocked that at this age and with the global awareness that sport plays a principal role in unity, co-operation and integration among nations, some persons could be wondering why I had to meet with the FIFA President and the Chairman of the Football Association.

“I had a very useful meeting with the FIFA President and another with the Chairman of The FA, Mr. Greg Dyke. The key points from both meetings have been well-reported. I have said several times that Nigeria is a very important nation and can no longer afford to be a silent player in international football.

Similarly, we have a lot to learn from England and co-operation between our two National Associations is key to our capacity – enhancing programmes and desire to replicate the enviable football culture that obtains in England in our own country.”

Going to the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Pinnick had to travel all the way and back to London by train as medical advice forbade air travel.

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