NFF top chief cries foul over Pinnick's CAF ambition

By Daily Sports on December 9, 2016

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Rumpus is brewing in the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation following media revelations that the President of the body, Melvin Amaju Pinnick, has picked up a form to contest for a seat in the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.

The Technical Committee Chairman of the NFF, Barrister Chris Green, said in a chat from his base in Port Harcourt, Rivers State that it was with shock that other members of the Executive Committee of the NFF received Pinnick’s plan to contest for a CAF Executive Committee seat as it was not discussed at any of their meetings as has been the case in the past.

Green said: “How come no member is aware, even as we know that some lilly-livered members will say otherwise.

“We must be careful not to put the cart before the horse.”

Going down memory lane, Green declared: “When Alhaji Aminu Maigari wanted to contest, he was cleared by the federation, the Sports Ministry vide the Federal Government.

“The same process was also applied when Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima wanted a seat in CAF, pronto for Dr. Amos Adamu.

“Even when Chief Segun Odegbami and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu sought to contest FIFA seat, they passed through similar processes.

“So nobody is permitted to jump the gun.”

Green said he has consulted widely and members of the NFF were unanimous that at a time like this, when the body is in dire financial straits, what they need is not politics to develop African football, but politics to make Nigerian football self sufficient and well funded.

He said: “We cannot let one of our best brains if not the best to go and serve CAF when we need him here back home to make our system better than we met it.

“Moreover, we are cruising now in the bid to be at the Russia 2018 World Cup and we must be united to avoid unnecessary distortion from outsiders.”

Green said himself and other stakeholders represent a constituency, which they report to regularly and no two people as represented by the President and General Secretary can take decisions without due consultation.

He said: “We cannot be undermined and in some of these cases, the government might through us decide to draft an outsider as Nigeria’s candidate and we must follow suit, so I will advice that we thread softly.” (NAN)

•Photo shows NFF chief, Chris Green

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 9, 2016


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