Nigerian football is one big family, says Pinnick

Pinnick-DalungohaaPresident of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has declared that the country’s football body is one big family, where every differences could easily be resolved.

Pinnick made the declaration following a chaotic conflict resolution meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung and a group led by Ambassador Chris Giwa on Wednesday.

The peace parley was nearly marred by angry spats but intervention of the sports minister rescued the situation.

Pinnick who commended the minister for his efforts to solidify the unity of the football family, however, urged football stakeholders to work assiduously in support of the present NFF administration to take the nation’s football to new heights.

“We want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the Honourable Minister, the Permanent Secretary (Mr. Christian Ohaa) and the Director General, NSC (Mallam Alhassan Yakmut) for their wonderful efforts in trying to solidify the unity among the football family.

“Wednesday’s meeting was another of such efforts and we praise the attitude of the Honourable Minister, Permanent Secretary and Director General all through the meeting.

“The NFF wishes to reiterate that we remain focused as ever on the several programs that we have this year. On Friday, the Super Eagles have an important match against Tunisia at the African Nations Championship. In two months, we have a crucial double –header against Egypt in the race for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.”

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Pinnick also appealed to those still habouring one grouse or the other to elevate national interest above personal aspiration, and to eschew bickering, as crisis was responsible for the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations held in Equatorial Guinea.

“We are calling on everyone to work with the present administration to consolidate on the glorious run of the various National Teams. This is a very, very important year for Nigeria football: the Super Eagles will conclude the qualification series for the 2017 Cup of Nations and start the qualification series for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. There is the Olympics football tournament in Rio. We also have age-grade women World Cup competitions and the African Women Championship, and qualifying campaigns for the U-20 and U-17 teams.

“The NFF is happy that the whole family remains united and committed to the attainment of more successes,” he adds.

By Olisemeka Obeche

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