Sports Minister To Pinnick : Use Your New CAF Position To Reposition Nigerian Football. Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has charged the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick to use its new office in CAF to reposition football in Nigeria. He gave the charge when the executive committee of the Federation paid him a courtesy in Abuja yesterday.
“As a major player, you must bring to bear not only your wealth of experience but you must assert the corporate integrity of Nigeria anywhere you find yourself, taking a decision that affects Nigeria.
“In every diplomatic situation, Nigeria takes the lead and directs but in any political arrangement where you are visibly absent, then certainly your influence is also limited. So our presence on the board is a huge success.”
Barrister Dalung also charged the NFF to upgrade some of its facilities for use at the grassroots level and take competitions to the villages and rural areas.
“Let me use this opportunity to challenge you to use your new office and reposition football in Nigeria. Today, sports is science and there are scientific methods of doing things in sports. If we must go with the world, then we must also update our infrastructural facilities to cope with the dynamics of contemporary football development.
“Football is the cheapest sports to establish everywhere. Let us create opportunities for our young people in the villages to participate. Once you begin to create football opportunities for them, young people will be clustering there in the evenings and there will be peace and security.”
Earlier, the NFF President Amaju Pinnick promised to use his mandate to redefine football in Nigeria.
Still basking in the euphoria of his dramatic election into the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick says his ascendancy has liberated Nigerian football. Pinnick said he decided to take the bull by the horns by contesting that election because of his belief that getting into CAF will be a huge plus for Nigerian football.
He further claimed that already that has started yielding results as the NFF in the last couple of days has been involved in a series of meetings with potential sponsors and partners, with some of them even agreeing to pick the wage bill of the Super Eagles coaches.
“We are having series of meetings with companies that are truly coming to take charge of the salaries of all our coaches in the national teams. I can assure you that things are looking brighter with this victory; companies are coming in to partner with us now.
“My victory at CAF has liberated Nigerian football, immediately after my victory, a company that was running away from us called me up and said they would want to come back to the negotiating table with us, we are now a big brand”.
The NFF boss further stated that apart from congratulatory letters he has been receiving from business magnates like Aliko Dangote, some other unnamed blue chip companies have also called the federation to ask for roles they may want them to intervene.