Nigerian football on revival path, says Pinnick

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NEWLY elected president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has described Tuesday’s peaceful elective congress of the federation as a sign that stakeholders are ready to work for the progress of the game, which, according to him, is currently going through some rough times.

  Amaju, who was on Tuesday elected the president of the federation, is expected to hold his inaugural meeting with other members of the board soon to chart a way forward for the game. 

  Two of the immediate problems confronting the new board are Coach Stephen Keshi’s future with the Super Eagles and the country’s quest to qualify for the 2015 African Nations Cup.

   Speaking after his election at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Pinnick promised to bring together all the stakeholders in Nigerian football “because we need everybody’s input to reclaim our position in world football.”

  According to the new NFF boss, “Nigerian football should not be struggling as it is now because we have the human and other material resource to be among the best in the world. That is why I am appealing to all stakeholders to join hands in the rebuilding of the game because it is one thing that brings all Nigerian together.”  

  Meanwhile, former NFF Secretary General, Bolaji Ojo-Oba, has tasked Pinnick to ensure peace returns the Nigerian football family. 

  Ojo-Oba, a director at the National Sports Commission (NSC), said in Warri soon after the NFF polls "bringing about lasting peace should be his primary task.

  "He can achieve this by ensuring all the factions in the football family are brought together and agree to chart a new course for Nigerian football."

  He was confident in the ability of the new football boss, saying "he would do himself and his supporters a lot of good if he translates the enthusiasm and zeal he has exhibited in the manner he has gone about his campaign into action."

   According to Ojo-Oba, "Pinnick is not new to football administration. It is expected that he would bring his wealth of experience to play."

 Assessing the process that produced the new board of the federation, Ojo-Oba said, "it was a credible elections. Six candidates for the presidency, and the entire football family are represented here. It could not have been any better."


Posted on October, 2 2014

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